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The use and licensing of open source software (OSS) continues to grow and it is not going away anytime soon. At a recent Open Source Conference in San Francisco, 62 percent of respondents to a survey indicated that OSS represented more than half their software deployment. Businesses have historically cited lower costs as the driving reason for relying on OSS, but easy access to source code and a community of talented developers, as well as freedom from vendor lock-in, also are major factors.

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