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.Net Magazine: Employ Open Source Oversight

May 09, 2003, 20:30 (23 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas Murphy)

"Open source has grown from its early days, when it battled against large corporations' control of the computing environment, to become a standard way to build and deliver software. Currently, there are numerous projects underway that act as either the foundation for commercial products (such as NetBeans' Forte for Java or Eclipse's WebSphere Studio Application Developer) or reference implementations of Java standards (such as Apache Tomcat as the reference implementation for the Servlet and JavaServer Pages containers). As such, several organizations using Java are now deploying open source application implementations as part of related commercial software (for example, IBM WebSphere uses the Apache Web server code base). mySQL offers its products in two forms: an open source free download covered by the General Public License (GPL) and a commercial package with a traditional license. In addition, the open source community feeds the standard Java Community Process (JCP), creating reference implementations or new working groups. Microsoft has stayed away from the open source movement itself, but it does share pieces of its source in certain venues and it makes a number of open source libraries and components available to the .NET community.

"As you've witnessed the growth of the open source trend, you might be considering how to integrate open source software into your organization's development efforts. To assist you in this process, I'll outline some of the issues you must consider when evaluating open source options, including license types, product support and company maturity, and legal recourse..."

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