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Is Open Source Only Good for Undermining Competitors?

Jun 21, 2008, 08:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"I usually try very hard to not write about IBM. But the following from Matt Asay requires a reply.

"Regardless, IBM isn't in the habit of open sourcing technology in which it has a lead or at least a strong position, such as it does with DB2. IBM strategically invests in open source to undermine the margins of its competitors, not its own.

"Really? Take a look into OSGi, SCA, Apache HTTP Server or the countless other open source projects into which IBM has open sourced technology..."

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