"Just a few years ago, the open-source software movement was a
pariah among big software firms. Shai Agassi, then an executive at
SAP (SAP), likened it to socialism. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer
called it a cancer. The attitude among many in the establishment
seemed to be that the â€œfree codeâ€
revolution led by software such as Linux would discourage invention
and erode profits.
"That nightmare scenario hasnâ€™t happened.
Instead, the open-source movement has helped lower the cost of
computing, and fueled a lot of moneymaking innovation, and not just
among scrappy startups. For just one example, consider Oracle,
which is likely to highlight open-source trends as one of the
growth drivers in its business when the company reports quarterly
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