What Business Can Learn from Open Source

Just a little sunday evening pointer (to myself as well) … Paul Graham on the implications of open source and what businesses can learn from this approch … hitting some common organizational pathologies by the way.

But the biggest thing business has to learn from open source is not about Linux or Firefox, but about the forces that produced them. Ultimately these will affect a lot more than what software you use.

Notice also that he is arguing that bloggers working at home are often much more productive than the so-called “professionals” …

blogs and open source software have in common that they’re often made by people working at home […] Companies spend millions to build office buildings for a single purpose: to be a place to work. And yet people working in their own homes, which aren’t even designed to be workplaces, end up being more productive.

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