7 open source innovations on the cutting edge

Think open source doesn’t innovate? Think again. Here are seven projects that are exploring exciting new directions in computing -- for free

By Neil McAllister |, InfoWorld |  Open Source, open source projects, slideshow

Open source innovation: Bitcoin

Alternative currencies for e-commerce have been attempted many times, but never quite like Bitcoin. Backed by a “digital gold standard” based on the contribution of CPU cycles to solve calculations for grid computing projects, Bitcoin relies on public/private key cryptography to facilitate electronic trading in a completely anonymous, secure, peer-to-peer fashion. Unlike past attempts at digital currency, no dedicated servers manage Bitcoin transactions. Instead, all “banking” functions are distributed across individual nodes on the Bitcoin p-to-p network. (Click to enlarge screenshot.)

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