Major applications tiptoe toward open source

Summary:Late last year we identified a trend of second-tier application vendors making their products open source.The trend for 2005 is for major applications to tiptoe into this water, looking for competitive advantage with limited releases of source code.

Late last year we identified a trend of second-tier application vendors making their products open source.

The trend for 2005 is for major applications to tiptoe into this water, looking for competitive advantage with limited releases of source code.

Exhibit A is Adobe Systems. They have released code for two interface modules, dubbed Adam and Eve. They hope to see some application development around the modules that will make it more likely people will buy Acrobat. They have also released, in beta, a Linux Acrobat reader.

So now you're all going to start writing Adobe applications, right? Right? Let us know about them in TalkBack.

Topics: Apps

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Dana Blankenhorn has been a business journalist since 1978, and has covered technology since 1982. He launched the Interactive Age Daily, the first daily coverage of the Internet to launch with a magazine, in September 1994.

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