Ian Tree, an IT maven from the Netherlands, has started a operation to convince IBM to open source the code for Notes/Domino. Hoping for results similar to the push for Sun to open source Solaris, which finally saw success in 2005, Tree makes the simple point that it won't happen until someone asks. "By being an open source product, Tree is also hoping that Domino becomes thing schools use to teach groupware and form evolvement concepts, which is the holy grail for future market adoption. This is how various Unixes, relational databases, Linux, and a raft of other goods eventually became commercialized. While the idea of open sourcing any proprietary program is appealing, in as much as it sets a program free to live beyond the commitment (or lack thereof) of its originator, it is hard to see why open Notes/Domino would have any more impact than OpenSolaris."
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