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Developer.com: How Open Source Has Been Good for Software Companies

Aug 29, 2002, 20:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"When most of us think of software companies, we think about the big 800-pound gorillas in the space—companies such as Microsoft, Oracle, IBM, SUN, and so on. But there are many small software companies out there. Many are thriving in the shadows of the giants.

"Lots of folks have suggested that the open source movement will negatively impact software companies by providing free versions of their products to consumers and companies. Some of the material even made one wonder if any software company would survive and whether software company employees should be looking for new careers!

"However, I am glad to report that things are not as they seem. After working with many smaller software companies, I found that open source has actually been a boon for many of them as well as their bigger brethren..."

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