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Open Sesame

Jun 09, 2008, 14:00 (3 Talkback[s])

"The idea of 'open source' software is familiar to many computer users. Enthusiasts get together on the internet to create a new program, and as well as giving it away, they also make available its source code--the software's underlying blueprint. This allows other people to make additions and improvements, and those are made available, in turn, to anyone who is interested. You do not have to be a programmer to benefit from the open-source model: many people use the Linux operating system or Firefox web-browser, for example, both of which have been developed in this way.

"Now the same approach is being applied to hardware, albeit in a modified form..."

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