Computerworld Australia: Blazing Trails with Open Source
Sep 08, 2006, 21:00 (0 Talkback[s])
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"It's often said that open source doesn't innovate. It imitates.
That's certainly what the proprietary software industry would have
you believe. And to look at the activity in some of the most
prominent open source projects in use in enterprises today, it's
tempting to agree.
"For example, although open source databases are incredibly
popular for all kinds of mission-critical applications, neither
MySQL or PostgreSQL is really doing anything that IBM, Microsoft,
Oracle, and Sybase haven't been doing for years. Similarly, the
OpenOffice.org productivity suite is an impressive example of
community-driven development, and yet it's only real purpose is to
create a free, standards-based clone of Microsoft Office. Even
Linux itself is an attempt to rewrite Unix as free software..."