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When open source theory meets fact

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Open source theory and fact walked hand in hand this week. Pundits and prognosticators all came calling with their own miscellaneous and sundry opinions about how this whole open source thing works and what it really means.

Leading the pundits and prognosticators was industry giant Gartner Group. The Gartner Application Development Summit in the US brought some tasty tidbits to light.

The Academics jumped in this week as well and things got even more theoretical than usual, as the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School argued for the implementation of open standards in order to foster the growth of ICT worldwide.

Also in the theory department came an interesting piece from the Guardian & Mail, wherein the author wrestled with the issue of whether the dissemination of open source ideals has the capacity to truly revolutionise business, or whether the impacts will be rather more limited.

On a less theoretical (or not) front, the Novell PR machine swung into the wind last week and fired the first volley in a broadside of publicity announcing the coming release of SuSE Linux 10.

One of the other interesting (and possible apocryphal) stats included in the coverage over at Yahoo! is that the OpenSuSE project has been wildly successful to the tune of a copy being downloaded every 18 seconds.

For quote of the week, I'd like to nominate John Roberts, chief executive and co-founder of SugarCRM. In an article in the San Jose Mercury, he's quoted discussing how open source is impacting business models.

ComputerWorld is running a charming little piece on the 10 Things You Need to Tell Your Lawyer About Open Source.

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