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Processor: The Open-Source Impact

Nov 10, 2006, 20:30 (1 Talkback[s])
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"Is open-source software making an impact in small and medium-sized enterprises? That depends on whom you ask. Open-source developers and service providers will sing the praises of software that is not only free but also frees you from many long-established commercial restraints. However, if you ask Microsoft, it will dismiss open-source software--including alternatives such as OpenOffice, BSD, and Red Hat Linux--as bit players, tiny specs on the landscape of mission-critical business computing.

"And yet, there is an impact. The real question is, to what extent? Surprisingly, most of the impact today is in the enterprise..."

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