A few days back, Google CEO Eric Schmidt advised the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) that it borrow a few pages out of the Web 2.0 book. If NASA does take this advice seriously, it would result in some of the best minds collaborating, experimenting and producing some of the best technologies ever.
The CEO did not hesitate to admit that while open source had it benefits, it would also come with the risk of the nation spending the American people’s tax money; not to mention the danger of such a project. Fine tuning would certainly be of vital importance.
The maxims that underlie the Web 2.0 meme emphasize interaction and innovation and involve intense use of open source software. The term open source essentially denotes source code of certain softwares that can be obtained freely and applied along with the right to use it.
Open source softwares have been used in a lot of different types of ventures like for coding firewalls, computer security softwares like anti-viruses, programming languages, networking programs, P2P file sharing, etc.
The Web 2.0 era has made obtaining and utilizing open source software much easier thanks to a need to reach out to the end-users, who control the results of any application. Online marketing and website development are two prolific areas where open source software and applications are utilized.