December 20, 2000

Companies are soaking up Open Source

Author: JT Smith

From "Call it the open source business paradox. At
a time when public and private investors
seem to be turning up their noses at open
source companies and the notion of selling
software with freely available source code,
large and small businesses alike can't seem
to get enough of it.

Slowly but surely, companies such as IBM, Hewlett-Packard (HWP)
and even Oracle (ORCL) have re-positioned themselves as the best
friends of the open source community, while former starlets such as
Red Hat (RHAT) and VA Linux (LNUX) scramble to earn their first
profitable dollar." (VA Linux owns NewsForge.)


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