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BusinessWeek on open source



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February 8, 2006 11:20 am

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BusinessWeek continues to be the most engaged of the major weekly business magazines on open source. They’ve got another open source focused special report out this week online that talks about open source beyond Linux, as well as issues like patent reform. Sarah Lacy, who wrote the Novell story a few months back, continues to focus a lot on open source, and wrote several of the articles for this special report. She’s also put up an interesting blog posting on California considering open source. The Massachusetts debate on ODF has created a lot of buzz – and controversy. It would be somewhat ironic if it’s public sector adoption that helps push things like ODF or other open source products mainstream.Keep it up, BusinessWeek!

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  1. ironic? how so – the public sector has always been an obvious target for open source and open standards. ironic/ not in my dictionary.

  2. By:Anonymous

    I see open source and open standards differently, although both are positive for consumers and the industry. Standards become standards via a fairly formalized process that ends, usually, in some sort of official “blessing” by a standards body. Governments are often active participants in driving that. Open source is a continual iterative process in which products never get “blessed” by any formal process beyond market adoption. So to me, at least, there’s a certain irony in the fact that, from a very spontaneous and decentralized process like open source, it might be highly centralized and far from spontaneous government that helps push open source more mainstream. Thanks.

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