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informIT: Inside the GPL

Jul 25, 2004, 01:00 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Gulbransen)

"The open source software movement is debated a lot these days. As governments, companies, and individuals struggle to find the balance between well-written software and controlling costs, many have turned to 'free' or 'open source' software solutions such as Linux to obtain functionality and features previously offered only in proprietary software products.

"Advocates of the open source movement claim that in an open source world, everyone wins. Consumers get quality software, presumably at reasonable prices, and gain access to the source code of the applications, which gives the consumer a greater degree of control over those applications than with proprietary software that is 'closed source...'"

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