"A senior IT executive at a major West Coast bank scoffs at
the notion of using open-source software. She recites a litany of
fears: It's unsafe and unreliable; it won't fly with government
regulators; and it lacks a support infrastructure. However, her
fears are unfounded--and the odds are actually quite high that her
bank already deploys open-source software as part of its Internet
infrastructure. She just isn't aware of it yet."
"The growth of Linux has thrown the spotlight on open-source
software. Linux, the most talked about open-source product today,
is a PC-based version of the Unix operating system."
"Linux server shipments grew more than 24% last year, according
to International Data Corp. Some analysts predict Linux will
account for almost half of all business servers by 2004. The
widespread adoption of the Apache Web server, Sendmail, and Perl
scripting language--all open-source products--further illustrate
the inroads open-source software has made in large companies."