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Why we still love open source

Sep 15, 2011, 11:01 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Eric Knorr)

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"Just take a look at this year's Bossie Award winners, beginning with Android. We gave Android a Bossie this year despite the proviso that hardware manufacturers get Google's approval first before they use the Android brand. After all, Android source code is available under an Apache license, and we can only hope Google fends off legal challenges from Oracle and, potentially, Apple. If you ask me, only an open platform can foster the kind of inventive mindstorm that swirls around Android, from dozens of tablets to hundreds of thousands of apps.

"On the app dev side, open source has dominated for years. The hot scripting languages and the Eclipse IDE are all open source, of course, as is Git, the phenomenally popular version control system that won a Bossie for the third time this year. But the innovation keeps coming. The trendy JavaScript framework Node.js, which opens up server-side programming to hordes of client-side code slingers, earned its first Bossie this year. And although it was too late for Bossie consideration, keep your eye on Opa, the new open source language that InfoWorld's Neil McAllister believes may transform Web development. "

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