"Open source has been completely and utterly transformed over
the last 15 years or so. Back when I was studying for my Ph.D. some
of it was interesting, but apart from some pretty cool mathematical
routines and stuff, it was light weight compared to the commercial
stuff. That is totally not the case any more. The simple fact that
much of the open source software around today is 'good enough'
seems to have escaped most people. It might be boring but 'good
enough' is probably the single biggest tipping point in the
development of any technology; in my view, open-source is so
different to closed source, we should consider it a different
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