"We hear so much about legacy vendors thinking that there is some sort of conflict in the software world and that open source is taking away business. That is completely wrong. The world hasn't seen even a fraction of the software it needs to develop in order to keep to this planet going. We have just scratched the surface. Software means ERP systems. There is so much more that hasn't been created yet in areas of medicine, research, entertainment, media, machine to machine. There is just so much to be done. In order to get there we must simplify what we've build so far. We must standardise, we must open up, we must turn them into building blocks so we can move to the next level. If we don't, we will be stuck at this level. We will have to hope for another y2k problem. This is not the end, it's not the beginning and not even the end of the beginning."
Marten Mickos, CEO of the open source database vendor MySQL, today in his keynote addresss at LinuxWorld in Boston.
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