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Computerworld Australia: Opinion: Open for Business

Jul 18, 2003, 10:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"What, oh what, has happened to these open-source people? At this week's O'Reilly & Associates Open Source Convention in the US, I didn't hear a lot about the philosophy and politics of 'the movement.' I didn't hear bitter fights over which open-source license is best, or endless fretting about the confusion over what the free in free software means--free as in beer? Free as in ride? Free as in not in jail?

"What I did hear a lot about was business.

"And not just the business of selling Linux operating systems, or selling hardware bundled with MySQL databases, or selling services to install and maintain Apache Web servers and Perl scripts. No, these open-source people were talking about the kind of business issues that matter to corporate IT: how to cost-justify projects, how to stay connected with user needs, how a company can innovate by using free software--not just profit by selling it..."

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