Article: Open Source’s Strengths During A Global Crisis And How To Fully Leverage Them

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Open Source’s Strengths During A Global Crisis And How To Fully Leverage Them

What do Airbnb, Dropbox, Pinterest, Square, Uber and Venmo have in common? First, all these dynamic digital brands got their start during the last global crisis, the Great Recession of the late 2000s. Second, open-source software is at the heart of what they do.

Flashback further to another time of upheaval, the post-9/11 downturn, and that’s when I saw Linux and other open-source software cross the chasm to acceptance as an enterprise-grade technology that would eventually power a countless array of today’s apps, devices and systems.

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