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Citizen Engineer: A Handbook for Socially Responsible Engineering by John Boutelle, Greg Papadopoulos, David Douglas

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13. Open Source Software: Licenses and Leverage

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“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 ...

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