CNET News: Year in Review 2006–Open Source

“The world of open source is moving ever further from its unpaid
volunteer roots. The past year saw the $420 million acquisition of
JBoss, as well as a Microsoft-Novell deal that tested the legal
limits of commercial open source.

“With the momentum of a freight train, open-source technology
spread more widely in the software industry in 2006. Upstart
challengers, such as open-source database company MySQL and
middleware maker JBoss, grew rapidly over the course of the year,
while incumbent vendors dealt with the open-source effect in
different ways…”

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