"In just the last few years, open-source software has become a
major force in the technology industry. Open-source applications
play a key role in the server industry, are greeted eagerly in the
wireless and electronic appliance sectors, and have formed an early
beachhead on the desktop.
"But now, as open-source software enters a growth period that
some liken to its adolescence, it faces a number of challenges,
including legal snarls and stiff resistance from
"What do the years ahead hold for this nascent, but quite
promising, software model...?"