The Internet has come a long way since its beginnings.In 1950, Alan Turing — an English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher and theoretical biologist, who is widely-considered to be the father of theoretical computer science and Artificial Intelligence (AI) questioned whether or not machines could think. In 1969, the Internet was born when University of California — Los Angeles and Stanford University — developed the first nodes and technological breakthroughs continued over the years. Then, in 1999, Kevin Ashton — co-founder of Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Auto-ID Lab — coined the term Internet of Things (IoT) and pioneered Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID.) But the true enabler occurred with the debut of the Internet Protocol Version 6 in 2011.
Unarguably, the Internet has changed — and will continue to shape — the world. Whether people realize it or not, anyone who uses the Internet today benefits from open source software and companies not only trust open source but prefer it today. That’s why firms such as Dropbox, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Twitter and Yahoo are uniting with our open source community.
Chinese Companies Continue Rapidly Adopting Open Source
Nowhere is there more growth in utilization, adoption and integration of open source code than China over the last 5-6 years. China is moving in the direction of understanding and adopting at all levels – not just the large companies, but start-up and young companies – and open source innovation is important to their continued growth.
Baidu has joined OIN and is another example. Founded in 2000, Baidu is the largest Chinese language search engine, one of the leading Artificial Intelligence (AI) companies in the world, an active supporter of open source and an important contributor of global open source technology.
The company ranked 4th on the list of the top Five Global AI companies by Harvard Business Review in 2019 and is the only company on the list in China. The company is committed to promoting the rapid development of AI through an open source platform and facilitating industrial transformation.
Among Baidu’s products and services are PaddlePaddle — the only independent Research & Development (R&D) deep learning platform in China — which has been officially open-sourced to professional communities since 2016. DuerOS — as an open operating system — has released an open platform, built a voice ecosystem and provided support for third-party integration. Baidu Cloud primarily provides AI solutions, cloud infrastructure and other services to enterprises and individuals. Apollo, as the world’s largest open-source autonomous driving platform, supports commercial production of autonomous driving vehicles and incorporates autonomous driving.
Microsoft Makes Global Headlines by Joining Our Community
In an unexpected and bold move, Microsoft promised to defend Linux by joining our open source community.
Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Microsoft refers to Microsoft Corp. and its affiliates, including Microsoft Mobile Oy, a subsidiary of Microsoft. Microsoft Mobile Oy develops, manufactures and distributes Nokia X mobile phones and other devices.
Google Becomes an Investor and Full OIN Member
Now a household name and verb, Google has long been involved with our Open Invention Network community. In fact, Google became OIN’s first end-user licensee in 2007 and joined the original funding members — IBM, NEC, Philips, Red Hat, Sony & SUSE — in 2013. Toyota also came onboard as an additional funding member in 2016. All funding members have representatives who serve on OIN’s Board of Directors.
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Dropbox Joins the Open Source Ecosystem
Dropbox provides a modern, cloud-based workspace and file hosting service, offering cloud storage, file synchronization, personal cloud and client software. Two Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) students — Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi — started the company in 2007 and took it public March 23, 2018.
Open Source is Part of Twitter’s DNA
Twitter Inc. has been built on open source software since it was created in March 2006 and made its debut in July by CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey along with entrepreneur’s and computer masterminds Noah Glass, Biz Stone and Evan Williams.
The company’s tipping point happened at the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWI) conference in 2007 when Twitter usage climbed from 20,000 tweets per day to 60,000 per day during the event. The first unassisted off-Earth Twitter message was posted from the International Space Station by NASA astronaut T. J. Creamer on January 22, 2010. By 2013, Twitter was one of the “10 Most Visited Websites” by Alexa Internet and has been described as “the SMS of the Internet.” Today, the American online news and social networking service has 500 million Tweets sent each day, or 6,000 Tweets every second.
Based in San Francisco, CA, Twitter has more than 25 offices around the world and joined our community in 2011.
Technology Giant Facebook Pledge To Protect Linux
Facebook was founded in 2004 by Mark Zuckerberg while he was attending Harvard University. He continues to serve as the Chairman and CEO of Facebook to uphold the company’s mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together.
As of March 2019, Facebook reports 1.56 billion daily active users on average and 2.38 billion monthly active users. Headquartered in Menlo Park, California, Facebook has offices and data centers throughout the world.
Early 1990s Internet Pioneer, Yahoo! Joins Our Open Source Community
As a well-known user of — and contributor to — open source projects, Yahoo! is an American web services provider headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, owned by Verizon Media. The company placed 8th among “10 Most Visited Websites” according to Alexa Internet rankings in January 2019.
Jerry Yang and David Filo — two electrical engineering graduate students at Stanford University— co-founded the original company in January 1994, incorporating it in March 1995. Their first invention and company’s original purpose, a human-edited Yahoo! Directory,allowed users to surf the Internet. The yahoo.com domain was created in January 1995 and other web-related products followed, including Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! Finance, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo! Search and Tumbler among others.
Mozilla Publicly Demonstrates Its Commitment to Open Source
Mozilla is dedicated to keeping the Internet open and accessible to all. Therefore, it is unsurprising Mozilla has joined our community to reflect its long-standing commitment to open source software and support for the Linux platform.
In an entry on the official Mozilla blog, Vice President and General Counsel Harvey Anderson says Mozilla intends to collaborate with OIN to explore new ways of protecting open source software.
A global provider of web browsers, apps, code and tools, the Mozilla project was created in 1998 with the release of the Netscape browser suite source code. Mozilla 1.0 was the first major version released in 2002, followed by Firefox 1.0 in 2004. Now, users of Web VR can share Virtual Reality (VR) experiences on the web, as well as interactive games. The company is working to create an open, Web of Things framework of software and services to bridge the communication gap between connected devices.
NHN Becomes an Open Source Community Advocate
NHN is a global Information Technology (IT), Korean company which got its start in the gaming industry in 1999 with “Hangame.”
A subsidiary of Naver Corporation— South Korea’s largest search engine company and the world’s first business to introduce a comprehensive search feature — NHN has focused on cloud services and open source solutions since 2014, providing an expansive business portfolio for the gaming, fintech, entertainment (game, webtoons and music) and advertising industries.