Wal-Mart Returns To FLOSS, Sort Of…

“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 company’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 Business
Remember 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.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to Wal-Mart Returns To FLOSS, Sort Of…

  1. dougman says:

    I “cringe” at the thought how many man-hours was wasted by M$, reverse-engineering software to make it work with their stack.

    It’s insane to think, that M$ took perfectly working software utilizing Linux, gutting it and rebuilding it so as to function on IIS.

    Two come to mind, Hotmail and Skype. I am sure there are others.

    I am waiting the day when Win-Dohs is built on the Linux kernel.


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