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A history of IBM's open-source involvement and strategy

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Capek, P.G. ; IBM Research Division, 1101 Kitchawan Road, Rte 134/P.O. Box 218, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598, USA ; Frank, S.P. ; Gerdt, S. ; Shields, D.

IBM has embraced both the concept and the reality of open-source software (OSS). While this may seem surprising for a corporation with a large traditional software business, a path has been pursued allowing the maintenance—indeed, the enhancement—of existing business while deriving benefits from OSS, making significant contributions to several OSS projects, and initiating new ones. We describe some of the considerations which led to this approach, as well as some of the issues that impinge on its execution.

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IBM Systems Journal  (Volume:44 ,  Issue: 2 )

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