What the world outside of IT can learn from open source

Earlier this week, the world’s leading drugmaker Johnson and Johnson (J & J) announced that it would join hands with rival GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) to develop a vaccine to combat the Ebola disease. Apparently, both companies had been working on a vaccine, but now they are collaborating.

Yawn. Tech companies have been doing that for decades, since the early days of Linux. It’s called Open Source, people. And it’s a beautiful thing. When competitors get together to come up with solutions, obviously much of it is for publicity, but much good does come out of it. The world would be a much better place if other major corporations would follow suit for a change, and come up with ideas together to solve real world problems.

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