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Wrapping up this week with a return to technological changes, we’re looking at a movement that has steadily gained momentum over the last few years. Open source software, or publicly developed software, is something that is having a degree of impact on today’s computing that has not been seen yet. Programs like Firefox, the second most commonly used web browser, and the operating systems on many netbooks are open source. This subject is also particularly timely as yesterday heralded a rather significant milestone: the official release of Windows 7.
Robert S. Sutor, the vice-president of Open Source and Linux at IBM and is speaking on innovations, impact, and the sheer importance of the concept of open.
. Sutor has also been named one of Open Source’s VIPs by Computer Business Review for working with people to explain the values of open source and spur adoption in business environments.
The first conflict has its roots in ideology, but has a very real impact on the way any project is managed and developed: and that is simply: what is “open?” Sutor proposes that for something to be truly open, it must be developed transparently and with unrestricted participation from the public. Even more fundamentally, is the question of who is leading the project, and for what reasons are they an authoritative figure? While these might seem like fundamentals obvious in a business environment, with open source projects, they are vital to consider.
In addition to Robert Sutor, we’ll also be taking a look at a panel from LinuxCon 2009 (@linuxfoundation on Twitter) involving a number of specialists in the field including, Noah Broadwater, Anthony Roby, David Buckholtz (@dbuckho on Twitter) and Jeffery Hammond (@jhammond on Twitter) who discuss the impact of open source in business. For those of you short on time and more interested in open source as a part of business strategy, skip directly to the second video.
It is also worth noting that mature open source is not merely a stand-in for a commercial solution. In many cases, such as with Apache HTTP Server, it has become the de facto standard. To illustrate this, the panel discusses how, in many cases, open source is like much like our perception of a Honda vehicle:while it may lack the fancy features of a Cadillac, it’s just as reliable — and far cheaper. The advantages of open source are not just in ideology, but in how they benefit business — particularly small and medium businesses. I hope this was an enjoyable, educational and thought-provoking week! Remember to always think about what the world was like and there things are headed since you’re going to be living in that upcoming world very shortly—and your actions today, will determine your success then.
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