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March 12, 2014


Gordon Haff

Nice piece! A specific example of the disruption model changing one sees with open source. Linux, as you certainly know :-), was hugely disruptive (in no small part due to IBM's participation). But that disruption was a matter of commoditization and democratization of, essentially, Unix rather than (at the time) a technological step forward. It was and increasingly became an innovation of collaboration and innovation, however. And we're now seeing that innovation model often trumping other approaches in new styles of databases, analytics, and many other areas so that the advances are often taking place in open source rather than in walled gardens. (Not exclusively, of course, but often enough.)

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