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CIO: Linux Scales New Heights

Jan 02, 2003, 16:00 (9 Talkback[s])
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"A for-profit software company cannot compete with the economics of open source--free is as cheap as it gets. Nor, it turns out, can it compete with open source's quality testing process. Though the pace of open-source development can be languid and tends to create products less functionally rich than their proprietary counterparts, the stuff gets tested so often and so brutally by so many different people that most open-source programs are judged to be more stable and reliable. In a commodity market, low cost and reliability count more than bells and whistles.

"The question for CIOs in 2003 is, Which pieces of the corporate software architecture will become commodities, ripe for replacement by open source...?"

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