"Vendors stepped up their efforts this year to make users feel
more comfortable and confident about deploying open-source
software. Companies focused on making the technology easier to use
and improved interoperability between products. Additionally, they
launched services and floated ideas designed to put customers'
minds at rest over any potential lingering legal issues around
using open-source software.
"In terms of ease of use, there was a growing trend among
vendors, including SpikeSource Inc. and SourceLabs Inc., to package
open-source software into precertified, standardized and supported