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Open source: Big and getting bigger

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If you're knee-deep in an IT infrastructure project, the following will come as no surprise: Open source is popular and it's gaining ground.

"It's simply growing up the stack," Mark Driver, an analyst with Gartner, said on Monday. Driver, speaking at Gartner's annual Symposium/ITExpo conference here, said one reason for the building popularity of open source is the growing adoption of open source code by proprietary, closed-source software makers like IBM and Sun.

"The brutal reality is that more and more software from (proprietary vendors) will have open source in it," he said.

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