The Linux operating system, existing since 1991, can be one of the best examples of open innovation. The system, based on Unix solutions provided by the creator, Linus Tovralds, allowed adding to the source code corrections to all users familiar with the programming language. Soon, corrections and improvements came from people interested in the idea. With time, more developers started to join the project, and the system became stronger and the whole initiative could be institutionalized. The management of the innovation implementation process belongs to the competence of Linus Tovralds, who together with several programmers makes changes in the source code of the system.
What distinguishes Linux from a system such as Windows is a matter of ownership – Linux is not owned by anyone, and the developers are responsible for the improvements and expansion of the system, the work of which stems only from their own initiative and not coercion caused by a strictly defined organizational structure of the company. Thus, Linux is a decentralized system – people working on it come from all over the world, they are not limited by the organizational structure of the company or the number of hours of work. A variety of solutions and a large number of users allows you to quickly detect any defects and repair quickly. And although the problem is ultimately solved by several people, not the entire community, it is the character of the community that makes Linux constantly improve.