How Linux Got To China And The Nordic Open Source Miracle
Let’s do a small intellectual play: Web 2.0 services, or the current generation’s internet companies globally, are built for the most part on top of the so-called LAMP-stack. In other words their infrastructure is based on Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP – a selection of open source software programs.
The ventures started today differ from the ones in the -99 era in a way that a growing number of them have managed to create very big global business in a unbelievably short amount of time. They have managed to create hundreds of millions of profitable business in a span of just a few years, and new ones seem to emerge on a daily basis.
"Open source, in other words, is not an end in itself. It is a means to an end, and that end is collaborative innovation’’ Matt Asay, COO of Canonical.