How open source software took over the world

John Leonard
clock
Linus Torvalds: arguably the best-known 'name' in open source, but by no means the only one
Image:

Linus Torvalds: arguably the best-known 'name' in open source, but by no means the only one

Open source software now dominates vast swathes of computing

Right in the beginning of computing, almost all software was, effectively, open source. That's because computing was dominated by a clericy of scientists and engineers who shared and adapted each other's...

To continue reading this article...

Join Computing

  • Unlimited access to real-time news, analysis and opinion from the technology industry
  • Receive important and breaking news in our daily newsletter
  • Be the first to hear about our events and awards programmes
  • Join live member only interviews with IT leaders at the ‘IT Lounge’; your chance to ask your burning tech questions and have them answered
  • Access to the Computing Delta hub providing market intelligence and research
  • Receive our members-only newsletter with exclusive opinion pieces from senior IT Leaders

Join now

 

Already a Computing member?

Login

More on Product

The Metaverse: We've been here before

Peter Cochrane: Metaverse versus the meta-pundits

The Metaverse concept is deliberately vague to cover for the lack of hardware support, demand and practical applications, but hacks have lapped it up

Professor Peter Cochrane
clock 12 January 2022 • 3 min read
Most areas of financial services have been quick to adapt to the consumerisation of IT - but not motor insurance

The final frontier of financial consumerisation

The consumerisation of IT has completely changed almost every element of financial services, bar one: motor insurance. But why - and, more importantly, what kind of service are drivers likely to see when this sector finally follows in the footsteps of...

Callum Rimmer
clock 16 December 2021 • 5 min read
Nintendo engineer Masayuki Uemura who helped create influential NES and SNES consoles dies

Nintendo NES and SNES console creator Masayuki Uemura dies at 78

He was the architect of consoles that revived the video gaming industry

clock 10 December 2021 • 2 min read