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Peek behind the curtain of any new innovation, and you’ll likely find a foundation built on open source contributions.

Since the advent of modern computing, the ability of passionate programmers to collaborate on open source code has led to some of the most important software breakthroughs. Today, open source software is more important than ever. In this timeline of major open source milestones, you’ll find that many innovations – such as web browsers, databases and smartphones – are built on decades of open source contributions.

Timeline of open source through the decades

timeline of open source through the decades