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Enterprise Sponsors and the Open Source Community: An Uneasy Symbiosis?

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| IBM has continued to support Linux and other open source efforts ever since.
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| Indeed, in the last year alone, IBM made a number of contributions to the 
| open source universe, and other well-established enterprises have followed 
| suit.  
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http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Enterprise-Sponsors-and-the-Open-Source-Community-An-Uneasy-Symbiosis-66179.html


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IT giants in open source for competition, cash

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| Taking an audience question on how big software companies such as Microsoft 
| and Oracle are viewing competition from open source, IBM’s Huizenga 
| highlighted how all proprietary software companies are seeing more and more 
| of their traditional revenue bases challenged by open source. This 
| competition, highlighted in a recent study, comes with a growing audience of 
| open source users, developers and yes, enterprises that do not pay anyone for  
| any software, support or services, yet extend the reach of open source. 
| Huizenga later highlighted the ongoing opportunity in open source software, 
| referencing how IBM’s investements in Linux, far less than what would be 
| invested in proprietary development, continue to pay off hansomely.        
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http://blogs.the451group.com/opensource/2008/04/18/it-giants-in-open-source-for-competition-cash/
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