Open source will never do that...

Open source continues to debunk myths about its theoretical limits, most recently in applicant tracking, energy management, and teaching.

Years ago I proclaimed open source would never be relevant in the application market. Now I work for an open-source applications company.

Lesson? It's generally not a good idea to underestimate open source's potency.

To wit, here are three "Who would have thought open source could do that?" announcements that recently hit my RSS reader:

I'm sure open source is not good for something. I'm equally sure that deficiency won't last. It never does.

What are some of the more interesting applications you've seen for open source?


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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.

     

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