With the fast growth of virtualized data centers, and companies like Google, Amazon and Facebook, it’s easy to forget how much is built on open-source components, aka commodity software. In a very real way open-source has enabled the huge explosion of commodity hardware, the fast growth of the internet itself, and now the further acceleration through cloud services, cloud infrastructure, and virtualization of data centers.
Your typical internet stack and application now stands on the shoulders of tens of thousands of open source developers and projects. Let’s look at a few of them. Continue reading “Open Source Enables the Cloud”
Macrowikinomics follows on the success of the best selling Wikinomics. It hits on a lot of phenomenal success stories, such as the Linux project, which has over a roughly twenty year history, produced 2.7 million lines of code per year and would have cost an estimated 10.8 billion that billion with a b, dollars to create by conventional means. What’s more it’s estimated the Linux economy is roughly 50 billion. With huge companies like Google, and Amazon Web Services built on datacenters driven principally by Linux it’s no wonder.
They also draw on the successes of companies like Local Motors who use collaboration and the internet in new and innovative ways.
In total this book speaks to the disruptive power of the internet and new technologies, and offers a lot of hopeful stories and optimism about where they are taking us. Food for thought.