I love seeing a trend of large companies embracing open source projects, both from the business angle and understanding that open standards help everyone.
An Aerospace Coder Drags a Stodgy Industry Toward Open Source (via Wired) — see projects on GitHub.
Opening up Cosmos wasn’t an easy swallow for the aerospace industry. It’s historically closed-off: Big companies sell big-bucks programs, and people either shell out or cobble together their own kludgy systems. But a freely available, edit-able, enhance-able program has been a boon to researchers and businesses—anyone that can benefit from a robust system to point satellites and display their data.
AT&T Releasing Its Network Playbook into Open Source (via The Economist) — see projects on GitHub.
This is a big decision and getting it right is crucial… We want to build a community – where people contribute to the code base and advance the platform. And, we want this to help align the global industry.