LinuxInsider: Analysts Call ’04 and ’05 Banner Years for Open Source

“As the new year begins, the experts agreed that the big story
for 2004 in the open-source world–and one of the biggest in the
larger realm of IT–has been the growth of Linux and its acceptance
as a mainstream choice for business. It’s a trend that industry
analysts expect to continue, even accelerate, in 2005 and for at
least several years to come.

“‘The biggest story for me in the last year was the
commercialization of open source,’ said John Rymer, vice president
of research in application development and infrastructure for
Forrester. ‘For example, JBoss finally settled on a commercial
business model and built out its product set, Apache came out with
Geronimo … and HP’s mySQL initiative was encouraging…'”

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