World Economic Forum CTO backs open source technology to change the world – IT News from V3.co.uk

“Open source software can play a key role in helping organisations and governments solve major challenges and change the world, according to the chief technology officer of the World Economic Forum, Brian Behlendorf.

Behlendorf, who also serves on the board at the Mozilla Foundation, said the collaborative nature of open source technology means it is ideal for tackling vital issues, especially when compared to propriety systems

“Organisations that are at the frontline of tackling these problems have been underserved by software vendors in the past and not been savvy about using software, instead just seeing it as a necessary evil.””Because open source is based on common platforms you can switch vendors without changing the underlying technology. Governments and NGOs think things have to be done be particular vendors and if they want to change they have to change the entire stack,” he said.”

via World Economic Forum CTO backs open source technology to change the world – IT News from V3.co.uk.

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