Monday, October 17, 2005

Open source: Big and getting bigger | CNET "If you're knee-deep in an IT infrastructure project, the following will come as no surprise: Open source is popular and it's gaining ground.
'It's simply growing up the stack,' Mark Driver, an analyst with Gartner, said on Monday. Driver, speaking at Gartner's annual Symposium/ITExpo conference here, said one reason for the building popularity of open source is the growing adoption of open source code by proprietary, closed-source software makers like IBM and Sun.
'The brutal reality is that more and more software from (proprietary vendors) will have open source in it,' he said.
A growing number of software makers see open source support as a key part of their competitive strategies, Driver said. 'Why do you think that IBM likes Linux? Do you think they looked at Linux three or four years ago and said this is superior to AIX, an operating system they spent billions to develop? I think not. They like it because it is bad for Windows and Solaris.'"

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