Why the free-software crowd has gone corporate

11/30/2009 | NYTimes.com

Proprietary software firms are targeting cash-strapped open-source outfits, forging alliances or mounting takeovers to leverage the free-software crowd's strategic clout. From Google's Microsoft-baiting support of free browser Firefox to Sun Microsystems' takeover of open-source rival mySQL, tech giants are increasingly seeking to use open-source projects to erode competitors' market dominance and to strengthen their own positions.

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