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Does Open Source Threaten American Software?

Tickers in this article: IBM

That's because apps are about taking the pulse of the market, about imagining what people might want, about rapid design and prototyping, and about marketing. These are the skills at which American companies excel. This is where the proprietary model actually works better than the open source model. Also, you can always build a proprietary product using open source tools.

So better tools don't threaten our software leadership. If anything, they emphasize it. Open source creates better tools, and our trading rivals are helping us make those tools. Better tools mean the pace of software change accelerates, and no country does change like this country.

We perfected adapting to rapid change. The faster the treadmill goes, the better for us.

At the time of publication, the author had a position in IBM.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.