OSOR, the EU's Open Source Observatory and Repository, has published an article containing some rather amazing observations from Deputy Polish PM Waldemar Pawlak - reprinted below. The article is available under CC Attribution-Sharealike.
Waldemar Pawlak, Poland's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy, saluted Free and Open Source Software (FLOSS) as the "greatest success of the 20th century" in a conference talk on 27 September 2011. He added that FLOSS is based on very sound principles and can provide solutions to some of the problems of civilization which we will face in the 21st century.
According to Mr Pawlak, FLOSS is an example of how the free and open exchange of ideas has created a number of products that have amazed and changed the world. In FLOSS he sees the desire for cooperation between people, which in many cases constitutes a synthesis of diverging inspirations and ideas, leading consequently to the creation of ground-breaking solutions and projects. Among those he mentioned were the computer-operating system Linux and the Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia.