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Saturday, July 28, 2007

Open Source Revolution

The open source revolution is a more modern movement of businesses towards the use of free and modifiable software that both saves the company money and allows for the tailoring of the software to its needs. In 1998, at the “Freeware summit,” many leaders came together to create the name open source as the new label for its software that is given out to be modified by each individual user as to use the software to each person’s best advantage. John Hall, Eric Raymond, Linus Torvalds and many others ran some of the founding open sources, and these founders decided that they would market their software into the open software revolution as superior, rather than free. Instead of forcing the corporation or user to adopt one way to carry out tasks on the software, open source comes with the code so that those using the software can modify it to fit the needs of his or her company. The lines of code are described and give the user the option to change and revamp the existing lines to create the new result. The open source revolution offers a cost cutting and effective software for the growing corporation that tries to develop its technology to best suit its changing needs.

In the twenty-first century, people rely more upon the Internet and technologies, but it is important, especially for large corporations, that the software purchased and used it fit perfectly for the company, and open source software allows for exactly that. With more individualized software within each company, there will be a better use of the technologies that are actually able to change with each corresponding change of the company. The open source revolution has allowed for a more personal technological database within companies so that as the corporate world evolves, so does its technology. The open source revolution can only develop further into the future since it is able to meet the specific needs of multiple companies without expensive costs for the software and modifications.

The open sources in today’s world can be used not only within the companies, but also within the training of people for the companies. If a student in university is able to understand open source software, he or she is a more qualified candidate for the job since he or she can control and change the code of the software as needed. If training with open source products are taught at a younger age, as they more frequently are in today’s more dependent technological world, it is much easier for the firms to hire qualified and well trained individuals to develop the company.

With the attraction of the ability to conform software to corporate needs rather than vice versa, the open source revolution is at a strong and very appealing advantage as the world moves into the developing twenty-first century.

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