VAR Business: Sun, IBM, Netscape open up–VARs Applaud Push To Open Source Code–Expanded access to underlying code enables VARs to better meet customers’ application demands

It is the ability to make specific changes to Linux and other
open applications that is driving the demand for large ISVs to
loosen the clamps on their software, say analysts.

“Developers and VARs are demanding more flexibility, because
they realize it is needed to survive in this new competitive
environment,” says analyst Heather Ashton.