Date Added: Sep 2009
Open source and free software is great constantly growing technology pool consisting of millions of tools, rapidly developing technologies and a solution for nearly every technical problem. Some parts of the open source world are often determined by asynchronous development and some parts are determined by a kind of strict, slim and goal oriented work cycles. Both parts can be a prolific environment for new technologies and innovations. Industry - more specific railway industry - is one the most conservative markets with respect to technologies, standards and the corresponding products. Those products are developed over years adhering to a strict life cycle and must be maintained over decades.