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Business 2.0: Open Source Policy

Jul 11, 2000, 07:41 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Donahue)

"Many programmers are holding out for the day when ebusinesses can run using only open source products. A new standard may end the waiting."

"There has been much ballyhoo in the last couple of years over the open source movement, with many media outlets treating it as a new phenomenon. The Internet itself, however, is built on open source software. From TCP/IP to the Perl scripting language and the popular email server Sendmail, most of the Net's core technologies are public domain, open source products. Citing that fact, some programmers and software developers now argue that Internet business technologies will follow the same evolutionary path. How long will it be, they wonder, before an Internet business can be built and run using only open source software?"

"Some numbers would lead you to believe that time is right around the corner. Bolstered by high-profile company adoption, Linux is expected soon to outpace all competitors (except Windows), expanding its market share by 25 percent annually, according to IDC. At the same time, the open source Apache Webserver now helps run 60 percent of the Websites on the Internet, according to Netcraft. Despite the gains made by these specific open source products, most analysts and programmers contend that it's not yet feasible to build a company's entire business platform on open source software. Some also argue that recent announcements in software development call into question whether source code will even be relevant in the future."

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