" Many have compared RealNetworks and its establishment last
week of the Helix open-source initiative to Netscape
Communications, which in 1998 was the first significant software
company to put its proprietary product into open-source
development, only to languish.
"But among the three major streaming media competitors, Apple
Computer was the first to make the leap to open source--a move that
also offers something of a cautionary tale for the curative powers
of such efforts.
"In April 1999, a month after it established the Darwin
open-source organization that would give birth to its OS X
operating system, Apple revealed the source code to parts of the
QuickTime streaming format and invited developers and companies to
use and disseminate it..."
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