9 Tech Giants Embracing The Open Source Revolution

It was only 15 years ago that Microsoft’s then-CEO likened open source software licenses to “a cancer.” But today, Redmond is joining other tech giants in donating intellectual property to the hive mind of open source. Here’s why it matters. 1 of 10 (Image: cacaroot/iStockphoto) Open source software at one time was considered a fringe movement by some enterprise users and many tech vendors. And that was at its best. Some leaders believed that open source software posed a subversive threat to industry and everything sacred. For instance, in June 2001, Microsoft’s then-CEO Steve Ballmer told the Chicago Sun Times that “Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches.” Fifteen years later, the world looks a lot different. Microsoft is moving much…


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