Is Open Source Facilitating Collaboration?

October 17, 2015

6:00 pm

Digital transformation. Collaboration. Sharing economy. These and other expressions are part of the vocabulary of those who live and breathe information technology. However, it is a mistake to think that these expressions are limited to the IT world. As with all the changes and transformations happening in society, they are quite common outside of tech.

According to the president of Red Hat in Brazil, Gilson Magalhães, open source plays an important role here. He thinks that, even though many people do not yet understand that transformation, sooner or later a strategy (followed by proper implementation) will be needed to adapt to the new times.

“Open source is a collaboration facilitator and the world is moving in this direction,” said Magalhães. “The IT world is changing and people need to realize this movement, in order to not avoid losing the train – the world points to a development with new paradigms.”

This new paradigm referred to by Magalhães is collaboration, community work, and the change of mentality affects everyone. For example, back in 2001, Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s chairman at the time, said that Linux was a “cancer.” But just last year, the current leader of Microsfot, Satya Nadella, said during a presentation that the company loves Linux.

Data from 2005 and 2012 shows that the usage of open source software is rising, and the advantages of doing so are widely debated and explained. With the growth of open source advocates it is feasible to expect this tendency to continue and even grow. What is your stand on this matter? Let us know in the comments.

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25 y/o, born and living in Portugal. Majored in Biology, but tech and computers were always a passion. Wrote for sites like Windows.Appstorm and MakeTechEasier.

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