Open Source helps innovation thrive...

Simmon Phipps wrote a nice piece for his blog over on computerworlduk.com pointing out some great points about why closed source leads to less innovation.  One of the best ones is that closed source means that you always have to support it.  This keeps a lot of people from making the effort because they don't want to the commitment.  Opening up the source code gives you the freedom to walk away or at least easily transfer management to another person.  Passing off the baton of leadership for your project so it can live on beyond you.  It's a nice read with several nice points.

Brian Wagner

Brian started working with *nix in while a student at Kent State University in the early 90's. In 1995, as an E-Mail Administrator for Caliber Technology (now part of Fedex) he was tasked with administering Sendmail on both Slackware Linux and Solaris Systems. His first home install of Linux was MkLinux DR1 in 1996 on his 60 Mhz PowerMac. Since then Brian has been working and consulting on Linux and it's uses in the Enterprise to support everything from E-Mail, Firewalls, Web and File serving to custom cluster solutions and grid solutions. Brian has had the opportunity to work in both Fortune 500 companies and small 2 person organizations. This has given him the unique insight into the differences every size business faces.