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+ - Is open source software turning into hardware?

Submitted by Stony Stevenson
Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "CIO is running an article that says open source is moving beyond just software and is being molded into new business practices and even hardware. As hardware becomes more malleable, do programmers need to be more than just mere programmers?

From the article: "Open-source, object-oriented development, personalization, even hacking, are presaging and inspiring new manufacturing methods that will overhaul today's plodding techniques born during the Industrial Revolution, according to panelists speaking Monday at the O'Reilly Emerging Technology Conference in San Diego.

We're seeing hardware become more like software, and rapid development become a competitive advantage."

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