Irish Times: Open source may reshape the software industry
Sep 13, 2000, 22:50 (4 Talkback[s])
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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
"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."