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Open Source Takes Center Stage, Decades Later

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It may come as a surprise to today’s digital natives, but the concept of open systems dates back to the late 1960s and early 1970s, where the first steps were taken to link different computer systems together across communications networks.

In its early years, open source software faced harsh skepticism, particularly from corporate technologists. Today, however, there are strong proof points for its success: some of the most disruptive brands that have emerged in the technology industry over the last decade or so — Facebook, Twitter and Amazon to name a few — were built predominantly on open source software.

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