"The past year was the most tumultuous in recent memory for the
field of open-source software. Instead of mere sniping, such as the
'Truth About Linux' campaign, open source has come under more
"It's almost axiomatic at this point: the more open source
succeeds in the enterprise, the more threatening it is to
entrenched interests. IT managers are asking the questions that are
making many commercial software suppliers set for battle. 'If
commercial software is so good, how come it can be matched by a
group working for free?' 'If free is bad, show me the value your
company has added to its commercial code that makes it worth more?'
'I'm plugged into this project. What have you got that's
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