At the third annual "Open Source in Government" conference at George Washington University in Washington. D.C. last week, Netscape cofounder Marc Andreessen came up with his top twelve reasons on why open source will boom over the next five to 10 years.
The 12 reasons Andreessen - he of the all-time great quote: "The Valley is going to save the Valley" - came up at the conference with were as follows:
- The Internet is powered by open source.
- The Internet is the carrier for open source.
- The Internet is also the platform through which open source is developed.
- It's simply going to be more secure than proprietary software.
- Open source benefits from anti-American sentiments.
- Incentives around open source include the respect of one's peers.
- Open source means standing on the shoulders of giants.
- Servers have always been expensive and proprietary, but Linux runs on Intel.
- Embedded devices are making greater use of open source.
- There are an increasing number of companies developing software that aren't software companies.
- Companies are increasingly supporting Linux.
- It's free.