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Irish Times: Open source may reshape the software industry

Sep 13, 2000, 22:50 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rory Kelleher)

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"Forrester claims that Microsoft will be hit hardest. Forrester analysts say the company's business model will clash so severely with the new open source-fueled development and distribution models that the company's market share will shrink for the first time in its history."

"Mr Fiachra Ó Marcaigh, operations editor at online.ie, says that Forrester's claims seem to represent an extreme scenario. He believes Linux will give Microsoft a run for its money, and the revelations from internal memos in the antitrust case show that Microsoft is worried about it."

"Mr Ó Marcaigh said the advantage for companies in opening the source code of applications was that it offered them access to large-scale bug-testing. In many cases, the companies could not employ enough people to do this themselves."

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