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Open Source is Not Innovative

Jun 22, 2007, 15:45 (26 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by R. Keith Sawyer)

"Quick--name an open source product that's innovative. If you said 'Linux,' you failed the test. Linux--the darling of counter-culture programmers, for its 'free software' advocacy and for providing an alternative to Microsoft Windows--is not an innovation. It's essentially a copy of another operating system, called Unix, that has been around since the 1970s. Making a copy of existing product? No one that I know would call that 'innovation.'

"And Linux isn't unique--the open source model almost never generates breakthrough innovation. When Krzysztof Klincewicz, a management professor at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, analyzed the 500 top open source projects on SourceForge.net, he found that only 5 of the 500--one percent--were examples of radical innovation..."

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