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Yahoo!: Special Report on Open Source

Aug 24, 2005, 22:00 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Open-source software is booming; SourceForge.net lists more than 104,000 active projects on its Web site alone. With all the selection, why bother with commercial software at all? You might miss out on the latest popular titles, but there are plenty of open-source applications that can handle most computing essentials.

"Don't worry if you're not ready to switch to an open-source operating system before dabbling in the software; though the process may be easier than you think..."

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Open Source for All

"In computing's early days, programmers would share their work between one another in the spirit of creativity and innovation, passing source codes among colleagues for new perspectives on tough programming challenges.

"Then technology became big business, and the practice was pushed into the underground, as companies looking to protect their products replaced the ideals of the age with secrecy, non-disclosure agreements, and intellectual property lawyers..."

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Is Open Source for You?

"Millions of people are turning to free and open-source software for personal productivity and play. But is it the right move for you? There are many advantages to taking the open road, as well as a few danger signs to be aware of first.

"Don't ignore a good deal. Not only is the software free, there are no licensing fees to pay, making open source particularly attractive to cost-conscious businesses..."

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