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iTweb: Open Source Software Gains Ground, says DataPro

Jun 19, 2003, 11:00 (4 Talkback[s])
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"While still in its infancy, the concept of open source software is starting to catch on, with a growing number of corporates--including government--starting to formulate definite plans to save on costs by using free software.

"This is according to Douglas Reed, MD of premier ISP and network integrator, DataPro. 'Many IT departments have been slow to adopt open source software. This is pretty crazy considering the often-huge cost of software licensing. The government is leading the way in this regard and seems intent on saving money by moving from licensed software to free software. The move by government and the corporate world obviously has tremendous implications for many software vendors who make a large part of their revenue from licence fees, but it is a trend that I believe is inexorable. The face of the software industry--and how businesses view it--is definitely going to change..."

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