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ZDNet: Six Barriers to Open Source Adoption

Mar 23, 2004, 00:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Farber)

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"We all know about the benefits of open source software in lowering total cost of ownership, offering more choice and the increasing quality and functionality of the code. The rise of Linux as an edge server and now migrating toward the data center is clear validation that the open source model has taken root.

"But there are still significant barriers to overcome before Linux and other open source projects are broadly accepted across enterprises. During a keynote at the Open Source Business Conference 2004 in San Francisco last week, Ray Lane, former Oracle executive and a general partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, outlined six objections gleaned from interviews with a few dozen CIOs at Fortune 500 companies. The six objections won't forestall the march of open source into data centers and desktops, but they provide a good framework for discussing the roadmap for open source software..."

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