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sjenkin at pcug.org.au
Tue Nov 19 23:11:14 EST 2002
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A Good News story!
Salon.com (11/15/02); Leonard, Andrew
Open-source software continues to make headway despite the boom and
subsequent bust in the technology sector, primarily because open-source
developers are best motivated by elements unassociated with I_P_O_s or
marketability. AbiWord, donated to the free software community after its
parent company surrendered the effort of trying to make money with it,
is one example of the sustainability of open-source software. The word
processing program is improved upon continually as contributing
developers from around the world submit new feature updates and
add-ons. AbiWord is also available for free download from the AbiSource
Web site. Developers communicate on the IRC channel #abiword,
encouraging one another and sharing technical details about the
ever-improving program. AbiWord, along with other desktop open-source
applications, does not have the same potential for influencing the
corporate IT market as open-source system software, for example, but
the project endures because of the dedication of its contributors.
University of Melbourne particle physicist Martin Sevior says he decided
to join the AbiWord effort after finding the application more useful than
others in opening different file formats. He says the people he found
working on AbiWord also drew him to work on the project, and now he is
in charge of making tables work on the program. Erik Sink, founder of
AbiSource, the company which spawned AbiWord, says open-source work
is good for unemployed coders because they can hone their skills while
enhancing their resume.
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