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Open Source: Changing Models, Changing Mindsets, Part 1

Aug 23, 2007, 12:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew K. Burger)

"Open source software--think Linux, Firefox, Wikipedia, Apache, Ajax and a host of other projects--has introduced a radically different development model--and mindset--to the stream of high-tech innovation. It is one that is having repercussions in the corporate world that go beyond how software, telecommunications and other information technologies are developed.

"Through a collaborative process that's somewhat akin to peer review in academia, open source taps into the skills and talents of a global pool of software developers--organizing, coordinating and leveraging their efforts to allow industry-wide use of the results. To the extent that it relies on effective coordination of working relationships among a diverse and far-flung group of volunteers, it seems a natural, organic extension of the concept of internetworking itself..."

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