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netimperative.com (UK): Open source: new markets and business models

Apr 27, 2000, 06:26 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paola Di Maio)

"Open source software (OSS) is becoming increasingly popular amongst users, IT managers and investors alike, challenging traditional software markets, it threatens to win the space occupied by many established firms."

"With open source there is yet another paradigm shift: while the proprietary product value chain is vertical - one vendor creates the product from conception to marketing - with open source, all lifecycle activities are disaggregated and distributed...."

"One of the advantages of open source, in addition to being free, is its stability and flexibility. Most projects have large numbers of contributors working on the development of their interactive content, debugging and testing cycles, which are built to be modified, fitting each customer?s individual requirements."

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