One of the things that makes me believe FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) is the right way to do IT is that the software is easy to share, bringing together many people to get the job of creating software done sooner. It’s just more efficient.
OpenStack is an example. People around the USA working on problems of virtualizing computing found each other by accident two years ago and now OpenStack is used and contributed to by some very large players and is available for individuals and organizations of any size anywhere to use:
“OpenStack is a way of building public web services that compete directly with Amazon. But it’s also an alternative to such public services. With OpenStack, everyday businesses can build build private services dedicated to their own particular operations. Many companies are reluctant to put their corporate data onto someone else’s servers, and if they use OpenStack in their own data centers, they get the benefits of an Amazon EC2 without giving their data to Amazon.”
FLOSS principles allowed many different people from organizations with different goals to pool resources and solve problems together producing a beautiful product. They put in the work and share the benefits with the world. FLOSS works. OpenStack.org now lists 2685 people and 156 companies in its community.
Use FLOSS, shared software for the world.