Opening Windows:Open Source Software and the Future of Business

by Aaron C. T. Smith


In a business world increasingly dependent upon integrated technology, rapid innovation and global competition, open–source software is shaping up as one of the most significant drivers of change entering the new millennium. Open-source software is characterised by the public availability of its underpinning source code – the units that software is written in. Thus, in stark contrast with the highly protected codes of commercial or proprietary software, open-source software can be accessed and used by anyone at no cost. Its power is not just to be found in its availability, however. What makes open-source software a future-maker are the virtual communities that embrace it, downloading source codes from the Internet, adapting, improving and uploading them again for others to utilise.(continue…)

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