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VNU Net: The open source challenge

Dec 04, 2000, 21:23 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Ludlow)

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"The question is, would replacing Microsoft with another dominating force actually make things better? It's a situation where an 'Animal Farm' scenario could be played out in the IT industry."

"Microsoft, bad as it can be, does at least provide the infrastructure that makes its software acceptable for use. This is something that has been observed and pioneered by Red Hat. "I think that the business model pioneered by Red Hat truly works," says Basson."

"The open source community needs such a business model before it can hope to be taken seriously by companies. For the time being, open source just isn't at the point where it can take on the big software companies, and it's clear that simply replacing closed source with open source won't work."

"As long as the open source community is willing to accept that it must adopt some of the practices endemic among commercial software houses, then we should be able to get an industry that takes the best of both worlds."

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