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Foreign Policy: Beyond the Open-Source Hype

May 30, 2006, 18:15 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Across the globe, politicians are embracing open-source software with grand pronouncements and great expectations. Although they are correct to identify potential benefits, software is far more complicated than their talking points, and it may disappoint those with outsized hopes.

"Governments around the world are enchanted by open-source software. Unlike proprietary software, for which the code is kept secret, the open-source variety can be copied, modified, and shared..."

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