"Open source development is influencing phenomena far beyond
software, including manufacturing processes, classroom teaching,
and the types of media now emerging online, said CollabNet CTO
Brian Behlendorf, best-selling author Thomas L. Friedman, and other
members of a panel of business and technology visionaries.
"Speaking November 30 at an executive summit in New York City,
Behlendorf, Friedman, Web 2.0 luminary Tim O'Reilly, and Reuters
Group COO Devin Wenig touched on how concepts such as
collaboration, componentry, and reusability, which have evolved
over the years as elements of open source development, are now
becoming increasingly ubiquitous elsewhere.
"In his business best-seller The World Is Flat,
Friedman cited open source software as one of ten forces that are
'flattening' the world, making it easier for individuals to
communicate with each other across the globe..."