In the late 20th century, the technology world witnessed a seismic shift as open-source Linux rose to prominence, challenging the dominance of proprietary operating systems from the era’s tech giants. Today, we are on the cusp of a similar revolution in the realm of AI, as open-source language models gain ground on their closed-source counterparts, such as those developed by Google and OpenAI.
In the 1990s, the UNIX ecosystem was dominated by proprietary solutions from major players like Sun Microsystems, IBM, and HP. These companies had developed sophisticated, high-performance systems tailored to the needs of their customers, and they maintained tight control over the source code and licensing. However, Linux, an open-source operating system created by Linus Torvalds, started gaining traction, ultimately disrupting the market.
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