"The early days of the open source movement saw the introduction of such widely used products as Sendmail, Apache, Perl and Linux. Since that time, many new programs either have been developed as open source or have been released into the open source community by software vendors, and still more projects are in the works. But the direction of the open source movement is far from clear.
Analysts are wary of making predictions about the next major open source product. And Al Gillen, research director for system software at IDC, told NewsFactor that he doubts there will be a fundamental market changer. "They all fit together like a puzzle," he said. "It's the sum of the pieces that make the big picture, not the individual pieces."