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Open-Source is a Recipe for Innovation

AUG 10, 2012

Open-source software development methods — whose success stories include Linux, Firefox, WordPress, Drupal and OpenOffice — are based on the simple idea that source code should be available for anyone to freely use, redistribute and modify.

In one common analogy, open source experts compare code to a favorite recipe shared among friends and family. In that example, cooks have the freedom to follow Aunt Mary’s apple pie recipe to the letter, but they can also adapt and improve the recipe before passing it along to friends. Open-source software proponents believe these kinds of tweaks and adjustments serve the common good. (A few audacious entrepreneurs have even taken the recipe analogy literally by open sourcing recipes for cola and beer.) ...

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