NYTimes: Code Name: Mainstream (Can Open Source Bridge the Software Gap?)

Monday Aug 28th 2000 by ServerWatch Staff
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But open source, once viewed as an ideological movement at the fringes of computing, is moving into the mainstream -- largely because the spread of the Internet and personal computers make it easy for programmers to collaborate in far-flung, voluntary teams.

"'Open source software' seems a radical approach indeed. The term stands for both an iconoclastic philosophy and a software development model: software is distributed free and its 'source code,' or underlying instructions, are published openly so that other programmers can study, share and modify the author's work."

"The open-source model represents a sharp break with the practices of the commercial software business, which considers source code a company's private property -- usually guarded jealously and shared only rarely, under strict licensing terms."

"But open source, once viewed as an ideological movement at the fringes of computing, is moving into the mainstream -- largely because the spread of the Internet and personal computers make it easy for programmers to collaborate in far-flung, voluntary teams."

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