“Innovation happens elsewhere. Most of the smart people don’t work for you.”
—Bill Joy, cofounder, Sun Microsystems
A funny thing happened on the way to the twenty-first century: The Internet ended up enabling the free exchange of ideas within communities that span both corporate and national boundaries. Surprising to many, these open communities—especially in software—ended up out-innovating their proprietary counterparts.
Certainly open source software technology adoption can ride wild exponentials upward as the technology user community explodes around the typically much smaller nucleus of code ...