The sophistication of our electronic devices—from the light-as-a-feather laptop to the smartest smartphone—represents a pinnicle of human scientific progress at this cool down of the 21st century.
Software is the lifeblood of computer technology that makes it all possible. A smartphone is little more than a paperweight without the operating system that enables us to download and enjoy all of those wonderful apps.
As the demand for software has become universal, the natural evolution of technological progress is to standardize and commoditize basic needs, in order to provide everyone with a solid foundation (of source code) upon which to build new capabilities to solve new problems. Open source software is the present stage of that evolutionary process.