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Like many cryptocurrency enthusiasts, I am a strong supporter of open source projects and decentralized systems. I quickly became enamored with the idea of distributed systems, fair voting, and true transparency. But, why does it matter? Long-standing is the debate between open source and closed-source, decentralized and centralized. Over the last several decades, we have learned a great deal from the triumphs (or lack thereof) in innovation, and I think it’s time we took…

Twenty years ago, the open source movement started in Palo Alto, California, and it has continued to gather followers and gain momentum ever since. Today, some of the most recognizable names in software are open source projects. Surely you’ve heard of Wordpress, Magento, Mozilla, OpenOffice, and Linux — all are open source. What started as a response to the undue profits giant software companies were making is no longer a fringe approach to software development.…