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Open source hobbyists now in high demand

Oct 08, 2012, 02:00 (0 Talkback[s])

On the surface, not such a big deal, I suppose. But then I thought about it some more: four years ago, Cisco came along and thought there was enough potential in this open source project to just toss in the code to prep Contiki for IPv6. (This, by the way, is exactly the kind of thing Contiki needs, since the sheer number of hardware devices getting connected to the Internet is why IPv6 is being deployed.)

In these times, when modern corporations are more willing to embrace open source and free software, this is not such a strange occurrence. But as someone who well remembers the dark days of the brand-new 21st Century when anything free or open was labeled as "viral" or "cancer," the sheer casualness of this small event in the history of Contiki is stunning.

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