Twenty-five years ago, two people, Marc Ewing and Bob Young, set up a business
to make available a Linux distribution created by Marc called Red Hat
Linux. That experiment of bundling a bunch of Free Software to make it
easy to be consumed has helped spawn, along with the Debian distribution,
a huge and diverse ecosystem of technologies that are now defining how
the world consumes technology, how societies are run, and is helping
drive the next generation of technical innovation.
The European Space Operations Centre (ESOC) is the main operations centre for the European Space Agency (ESA), operating a number of earth observation and scientific missions. Monitoring and control functions needed by spacecraft operators are provided by software systems which are reused across missions, but tailored and extended for mission specific needs.
Think of Marie Curie. Would you expect to find a fascinating number of similarities between the Curies' treatment of their work in the early 1900s and today's tech industry?