Linux has come a long way, but it
is unlikely that Linux could have spread so far, so fast without the key support
and direct involvement of so many thousands in the United States of America.
Whether that be the Linux
foundation, or Linux supportive sites like Freshmeat.net, or the great work of
the Linuxconf volunteers, or the incredible number of men and women who help
promote Linux through their LUGs.
I wanted to remind each and every American
of a few important items about the United States.
By the late 1970s even coming off a war and massive
oil price issues in mid-east these were the facts:
Health Care #1
The United States was number 1 in health
care research and development (my uncle flew TO Houston Texas from Europe to
get his heart surgery BECAUSE the US health care capability was #1).
Information Technology #1
Even though the origin of Linux
was in Europe, all major new ventures for technology originated in the US. I
don't just mean the Microsofts but also the DELLs, the HPs, the IBMs, the
INTERNET domain etc. The United States was number 1 in IT development and
Business development #1
Every country I've been in and also
have friends and colleagues in uses the concepts and the business methodologies
derived in the US. I don't care if you're in Hong Kong, in Delhi, or in Cairo, the
business models there find their origin in the United States and the US corporate
structures. Whether good or bad, most of the world (not just the West) copied this
model to grow capital and economies (including China and India). The United States was
number 1 in business development.
Before the great Japanese auto boom, the
US was leading and kept the lead in a number of key industries, not
just microprocessor manufacturing, but also airplane manufacturing (Airbus
still has its problems), steel manufacturing (Pittsburgh was known for the
quality of the steel not just the steel, only surpassed when quality didn't
matter as much as price). The United States was number 1 in manufactured
products for aircraft, boats, buildings, and microchips.
Volunteerism and philanthropy #1
If you do a comparison of
the OEDC countries, you'll find that people in the US (individuals) are among
the most generous in the world (United States provides annually over $50
billion in private capital flows to the developing world. This amounts to
one-third of all international private capital flows to developing countries,
and is still valid -- hudson.org stats) The United States was number 1 in
I propose that nearly all the ingredients that made the US #1 in these areas
in the past still exist -- within Americans. I submit to you that the
character and capacity to be #1 is still there.
Happy 4th of