CFO: The Economics of Sharing
Apr 19, 2005, 22:30 (1 Talkback[s])
Re-Imagining Linux Platforms to Meet the Needs of Cloud Service Providers
"By now, most people who use computers have heard of the 'open
source' movement, even if they are not sure what it is. It is a way
of making software (and increasingly, other things as well), which
relies on the individual contributions of thousands of programmers.
The resulting programs are owned by no one and are free for all to
use. The software is copyrighted only to ensure it remains free to
use and enhance. In essence, therefore, open source involves two
things: putting spare capacity (geeks' surplus time and skill) into
economic production; and sharing..."