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Silicon.com: Open Source Gets Down to Business

Jul 12, 2005, 16:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"'The problem with giving away software is that you can't make any money out of it,' confided the CEO of a large software firm to silicon.com at a dinner recently, during a discussion of open source. The comment was met by sage nods around the table from people who should have known better.

"It's true that open source is the commercial business that never should have been. Criticised by proprietary vendors who claim that you can't get something for nothing, it has nevertheless flourished by producing business models that support the idea of free intellectual property..."

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