“With enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow.”
- Linus Torvalds
The animated characters from DreamWorks Animation and Pixar come to life through pipelines based on open source. Open source gives a voice to the millions of conversations echoing on Twitter*, Google+*, and Facebook*. The supercomputers at NASA and the research servers at the San Diego Supercomputing Center hum to the music of open-source components. The fastest-growing segments of the mobile computing market have an open-source operating system at their core. Today, you can find open source in nearly everything you touch—inside automobiles, home-heating thermostats, televisions, cooking appliances, and electricity meters. The trend is clear: Open source is providing the engine for much of our modern economy.
Through open source, collaboration and competition coexist. Individual participants set aside rivalries to collaboratively work out problems that will benefit everyone involved.
The open-source model and the thousands who have contributed to it are transforming our world, powering businesses, connecting people, and enhancing lives. By taking advantage of the benefits of network-enabled collaboration and opening up code development to programmers around the world, open-source-based solutions spring from a powerful dynamic of expertise and talent. Through open source, bright ideas emerge, inspiration strikes, research opens exciting avenues of exploration, and businesses find fresh ways to bring breakthrough solutions to their customers. In the span of a little more than two decades, open-source software has flourished—what began as a pursuit of hackers and hobbyists has escalated to a global force that has disrupted entire industries.
Intel has been a catalyst of this transformation ever since Linus Torvalds created the foundation of Linux* on Intel® architecture in 1991. At the time, open- source concepts were just taking shape. Now, they’re a driving force for innovation, and Intel architecture remains a vital foundation for open-source-based solutions. Together with other members of the open- source community, Intel is helping to drive this spirit of innovation forward.
The Nest Learning Thermostat*, based on open-source components, learns from your preferences to create a personalized schedule.
“Open source is truly ubiquitous- part of the bloodstream of the modern IT industry. The combination of this ubiquity and the concept of open innovation creates a strong value proposition for business. ”
- Thomas Murphy
Research Director, Gartner