An Interview with Jim Kent
Subject:   Open Source lowers bariers to scientific advancement
Date:   2002-12-16 08:13:44
From:   anonymous2
Open Source software, and the low cost, encourages the sharing of information between scientists. If I want to share my work with a colleuge, they don't need to spend time or $ acquiring the software needed to review or recreate the work (ever try to buy an expensive piece of software via a University purchasing office?)

This also evens the playing field for scientists without the research budgets found at most US universities. I can afford most software through reserach grants, but a collegue is a less prosperous counrty may not have the same resources.