“This past week, Wal-Mart Stores WMT -0.37%, one of the largest retailers in the world proved it once again when they announced that they would make their application lifecycle management tool OneOps available as an open source project. Why give away something that you created yourself that gives your company an advantage? Because companies like Wal-Mart and General Electric GE -0.35% (with their Open Innovation initiative) are finding that proprietary is being beat by collaboration and openness. Turning a companyâ€™s proprietary work into something shared in the market can reap benefits as others also help innovate and return new features and functionality to your work.”
See Wal-Mart Proves Open Source Is Big BusinessRemember when Walmart sold GNU/Linux computers? Perhaps you’re too young… Well, Wal-mart is dabbling in FLOSS again, this time producing it. They’ve made a nifty bit of software and rather than keeping it to themselves they are sharing it under a FLOSS licence. That allows them to share the cost of further development, make friends and influence people and other good things for a business. It’s one small step for Wal-mart, and one giant leap for mankind.
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My MissionMy observations and opinions about IT are based on 40 years of use in science and technology and lately, in education. I like IT that is fast, cost-effective and reliable. My first use of GNU/Linux in 2001 was so remarkably better than what I had been using, I feel it is important work to share GNU/Linux with the world. Now that I'm retired I still use GNU/Linux on every computer in my home except the smartphones which run Android/Linux.
Lately, I've been giving lots of thought to the world I inherited and which I will leave to my descendants. I'm planting grass, trees, flowers and vegetables in my large lot and I've ordered a Solo EV. I plan to charge my Solo by means of a tracking solar array. Life is good if you have a purpose. I do.