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ZDNet: Open source is the loom for fabrics (Open Source and Grid Computing)

Jan 10, 2002, 12:42 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Fixmer)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"In 20/20 hindsight, it now seems to have been inevitable. Open-source development is the human version of distributed processing, and it boasts many of the same efficiencies that make grid computing attractive.

The problem is that we tend not to take free stuff seriously. At about the same time Bill Gates was writing a version of BASIC destined to seed the world's largest software company, Ward Christensen, an IBM systems engineer from Dolton, Ill., coded a little program he called modem, which enabled computers to send binary code to one another over phone lines. The difference was that Christensen released his code to the pubic domain, enabling other programmers to enhance and perfect a system of checksums and protocols that became the foundation of all computer communications."

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