Open Source Helping Solve Humanity’s Greatest Challenges

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While the original idea behind open-source software was to make licenses easier to share, it quickly developed into a new way of teaching individuals and organizations how to collaborate, forming common communities. Today, most innovation that occurs is happening via open-source communities.

“Now, [open source] is permeating almost every human endeavor to solve new challenges,” said Tim Yeaton, executive vice president of corporate marketing at Red Hat Inc.

In almost every field — including healthcare, education and agriculture — open source has moved from a basic collaboration mechanism to build better software to the front of innovation for technology, Yeaton stated.

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