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Why the cloud is accelerating open-source adoption

Sep 08, 2011, 12:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Boris Renski)

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"In general, open-source projects typically require two components to get community uptake. First, the nature of the project itself has to be technologically challenging. Successful open-source projects are largely about solving a set of complex technological tasks vs. just writing a lot of code to support complex business processes, such as the case with building enterprise software. Linux, MySQL and BitTorrent are all good examples here.

"Second, it requires a high rate of end-user adoption. The more people and organizations that start using the open-source technology at hand, the more mature the community and the technology itself becomes."

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