Oracle's Wim Coekaerts, director of Linux engineering at the company, said the Sept. 11, 2001 destruction of the World Trade Center in New York City led users to replace destroyed systems with Intel boxes running Linux. He cited the incident as one example of a growing acceptance of Linux.
"Today, worldwide, tons of companies are production on Linux," Coekaerts added.
Lawyers on a panel related to legal issues noted that conflicts could arise in incorporating proprietary software in an open source offering.
"A lot of open source contributors have day jobs at related industries and are contributing to projects without permissions of employers, and some of those contributions could actually belong to an employer," said Steve Mutoski, corporate attorney at Microsoft. "It's a hypothetical risk, but it's there."
But audience member Jeremy Allison, co-creator of Samba, said he has only seen open source software being incorporated into proprietary systems.
"I've never known proprietary code being contributed to open source," Allison said.