"Open source is no longer a stranger in many IT shops as more
companies become comfortable with the reliability of the ever
evolving technology to develop crucial systems. Despite the
prominence of licensed, proprietary software within the IT
organization, open source proponents say their companies benefit
from a community of contributors who help cultivate open source
software that leads to rapid development of faster, less expensive
and more flexible options.
"Evidence of the growing popularity of open source software can
be found in CIO Insight's May survey of IT leaders at midsize
companies, in which more than half said their firms use or will
soon deploy open source solutions for Web servers, browsers,
database management, middleware, program development and
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