For those of you into open source, here is a great resource. Opensource.com covers a number of topics from business to government to life. In the article below Brian Gentile, Jaspersof CEO compares the open source movement to a renaissance. He questions "complexity of collaboration" as a reason for not sharing, and feels that "Software will advance and solve new problems more quickly through openness and sharing".
By Brian Gentile, Jaspersoft CEO.
"....That computer science is an open source laggard is ironic because the barriers to entry in the software industry are relatively low, compared to other sciences. One might think that low entry barriers would reduce the risk to and promote the sharing of ideas. But, instead, software developers (and companies) have spent most of the last 40 years erecting other barriers, based on intellectual capital and copyright ownership — which is perplexing because it so limits the advancement of the software product. But, such behavior does fit within the historical understanding of business building (i.e., protecting land, labor and capital)....
.....So, returning to computer science and software, maybe the reasons for not sharing are based on the complexity of collaboration? That is, it’s hard to figure out someone else’s software code, unless it’s been written with sharing fundamentally in mind. Or maybe there’s a sense that software is art, and I want to protect my creative work — more like poetry than DNA mapping...."
So, what does the future hold? How will system X aide in the renaissance? Have any worthwhile stories about system X and the relationship to open source work flow? Tell us. Better yet visit opensource.com and participate.