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O'Reilly: The Open Source Paradigm Shift

Jun 28, 2004, 23:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tim O'Reilly)

"My premise is that free and open source developers are in much the same position today that IBM was in 1981 when it changed the rules of the computer industry, but failed to understand the consequences of the change, allowing others to reap the benefits. Most existing proprietary software vendors are no better off, playing by the old rules while the new rules are reshaping the industry around them.

"I have a simple test that I use in my talks to see if my audience of computer industry professionals is thinking with the old paradigm or the new. 'How many of you use Linux?' I ask. Depending on the venue, 20-80% of the audience might raise its hands. 'How many of you use Google?' Every hand in the room goes up. And the light begins to dawn..."

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