TLWIR 31: Using Linux and Free Software to Bring Back American Innovation

Posted by acrossad on Jan 23, 2012 10:04 AM EDT; By Rex Djere
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Free Software is mainly about innovation. Free Software engineers find radical new ways of solving old problems. In doing so, they teach those whose minds have ossified how to think outside of the box. The U.S. manufacturing sector is in trouble, partially because we have been outperformed by our neighbors in the East. They have tried bold new ways of doing things, while we cling to the past. Free Software is one of the boldest concepts yet created, and I believe that it can save American manufacturing…and jobs.

Today, I read a great article about the state of U.S. manufacturing. In the article, several people, including the late Steve Jobs, concluded that the American jobs lost to Asia and other places are never coming back. The basic problem is that foreign manufacturing plants can produce items more cheaply, and much more flexibly, than the U.S. can. I believe that the mistake we are making is that we hold on to rigid, outdated standards that are crippling us. Linux and Free Software provide unique tools and ways of thinking that we can use to level the playing field. Let me explain.

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