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Real estate industry already embracing ‘open source’

3 Linux products to watch for

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What does Linux or any other open source application have to do with real estate? Probably more than you think. Open source products power our websites, blogs, Intranets and more. In fact, WordPress, which is widely embraced by the real estate industry, is one of the most popular open source publishing platforms in the world. Open source software is computer software that is available to use and typically distributed without a license fee. Linux is an open source operating system. There are many different flavors of Linux that are utilized in a variety of scenarios. As the Web and software development continues to gravitate towards open standards, Linux and other platforms continue to grow in popularity. I don't expect Realtors to start building media centers or developing LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP) configurations. However, there's nothing wrong with getting a little geeky in a tech column. 3 Linux products to watch for 1. Ubuntu phones Ubuntu is...