Open Source in the Next Computing Wave

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Executive Summary

Open source software has been both benefactor and beneficiary of the "Internet wave" of computing during which large-scale, network-connected computing architectures built from relatively standardized hardware and software components have came into their own. The Nineties may have been the years when small workgroup systems running operating systems such as NetWare and Windows NT arrived throughout the business world in a big way. But the Noughts have made distributed systems a core part of almost every datacenter.

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