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Tech Central Station: Today Linux, Tomorrow the World?

Jan 22, 2004, 23:30 (7 Talkback[s])
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"The term 'open source' is linked with software, and most particularly with Linux, the operating system which, it is hoped or feared, can challenge both Microsoft's position on the desktop and its ambitions to extend its empire into server space.

"The theory is that Linux and other open source programs are written by hordes of volunteers, each contributing his/her widow's mite of code, communicating at zero cost over the Internet, and self-organizing their efforts without need for either the incentives of markets or the commands of organizational hierarchies. The proof that this model works, it is said, is all around us: Linux itself; Apache, which runs over half the websites; and other popular programs that are doing the work of the world..."

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