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Interview with Donald Knuth

Apr 28, 2008, 16:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Binstock)

"Andrew Binstock: You are one of the fathers of the open-source revolution, even if you aren't widely heralded as such. You previously have stated that you released TeX as open source because of the problem of proprietary implementations at the time, and to invite corrections to the code--both of which are key drivers for open-source projects today. Have you been surprised by the success of open source since that time?

"Donald Knuth: The success of open source code is perhaps the only thing in the computer field that hasn't surprised me during the past several decades. But it still hasn't reached its full potential; I believe that open-source programs will begin to be completely dominant as the economy moves more and more from products towards services, and as more and more volunteers arise to improve the code..."

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