That was the central theme of this morning's Open Source Business Conference keynote from Jim Whitehurst, President & CEO Red Hat, who also told the audience that open source is setting off the explosion of new innovation.
"We are At the Beginning of something that's as profound as our move into the Industrial Age," told the audience at the San Francisco conference.
Whitehurst's message was powerful, and all the more so because it was delivered in a matter-of-fact way. In fact, Whitehurst drove much of his theme home by talking about nuts and bolts.
Literally. Nuts and bolts.
Specifically, Whitehurst described the invention of the auto lathe in 1810 by Henry Maudslay, which enabled the mass production of standardized hardware, such as nuts and bolts. …