The real reasons vendors are moving to open source models

Posted by Herschel_Cohen on Mar 29, 2006 6:01 AM EDT; By Paul Gillin
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Everywhere you look today, vendors are embracing open source. IBM, Computer Associates International Inc., Hewlett-Packard Co., Sun Microsystems Inc. and many other industry heavyweights have contributed large bodies of code to the open source community. Oracle has purchased two open source software companies in recent months. Even Microsoft is cozying up with JBoss Inc. and SugarCRM Inc. to improve interoperability with Windows. In addition, dozens of small companies have moved their products into the open source domain over the last couple of years.

This is certainly a heartening trend, but the cynic in me says to be careful. This apparent altruism is also tinged with self-interest.

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