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The Observer: The IT Revolutionaries That Shocked a Capitalist World

Jun 09, 2004, 22:45 (5 Talkback[s])
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"It is a well-known fact that, according to the laws of aerodynamics, bumble bees should not be able to fly. Yet fly they manifestly do. Much the same is true of open source software (OSS), which, according to conventional wisdom, the laws of economics and prevailing theories of organisational behaviour, ought not to exist.

"Yet it not only exists, it positively thrives. OSS runs most of the world's email and serves most of the world's web pages. Every time you type a query into Google, you trigger activity in the world's largest Linux cluster..."

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