June 23, 2003

Sloan/MIT Conference

A short trip report on the Harvard Business School/MIT Sloan “Conference on Free/Open Source Software,” embellished by my own always-profound conjectures on the implications of what I heard.

One likely future outcome of the open source movement is a bifurcation of the software stack. Industrialized, patent-rich, countries may begin to exclude open source projects, while at the same time, countries with developing software industries (or just a lack of capital) may rely upon it and its related standards more heavily. This is not at all unlike the pharmaceutical patent situation, although software presents a considerably lower barrier to entry.

Posted by dstutz at June 23, 2003 04:43 PM