"OPEN source software is seen by some as akin to religion.
However, Ingres chief executive Roger Burkhardt insists he is not
on a crusade to convert the Microsoft and Oracle faithful.
"Committed to freely providing software code back to developers
and customers, open source followers often passionately evangelise
its benefits over the licensed software model.
"However, Mr Burkhardt -- previously chief technology officer at
the New York Stock Exchange, where he established an open-source IT
shop -- rejects the fervent approach, saying open source is a
"He says proprietary software innovation is driven by commercial
return and legal protection, which is supported by costly, ongoing
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