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internetnews.com: Open Source as Weapon

Jun 18, 2004, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Susan Kuchinskas)

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"It seems like every major software maker has gotten open source religion, with Sun Microsystems now considering opening its Solaris code and Microsoft posting some source code into a Linux lair.

"Experts tick off compelling reasons why a vendor of closed-source software might release code: to make the product more ubiquitous, speed development, get fresh ideas from outside the company, to complement a core revenue stream, foster a new technology--and to stymie a competitor.

"In fact, giving away some free company IP can go a long way toward making someone else's IP worth beans..."

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