Open Source 2015; This article is the discussion of the reasons why open source is gaining popularity all over again and how deep has it penetrated. The first line mentioned a phrase, “all over again”. Yes, in the beginning there was only open source software. Only after a few years, proprietary software came into the scene. But its the open source software that is gaining popularity again and there are numerous reasons in support of this movement.
Freedom, Quality, Security, Customization, Flexibility, Interoperability, Auditability, Support Options, Cost, Reliability, Stability and Accountability are some of the reasons to put forth for the increasing use of open source. Won’t be discussing these here, maybe in another post.
Some of the quotes, that go in favour of open source:
“To be able to choose between proprietary software packages is to be able to choose your master. Freedom means not having a master. And in the area of computing, freedom means not using proprietary software.”
-Richard M. Stallman “Once GNU is written, everyone will be able to obtain good system software free, just like air.”
-Richard M. Stallman “When it comes to software, I much prefer free software, because I have very seldom seen a program that has worked well enough for my needs, and having sources available can be a life-saver.”
-Linus Torvalds “One of the questions I’ve always hated answering is how do people make money in open source. And I think that Caldera and Red Hat — and there are a number of other Linux companies going public — basically show that yes, you can actually make money in the open-source area.”
Open Source 2015
- 78% companies run on open source, and there are less than 3% who don’t use open source in any way.
- Use of open source to run businesses has gone up 2x since 2010.
- 64% companies currently participate in open source projects.
- Of all organisations with over 5,000 employees, 67% participate in open source projects. This is 14% increase Year Over Year
- More than 50% of engineers work on open source projects.
- In the next 2-3 years, companies are expected to increase their open source contribution to 88%. This is a lot more than the expected growth of 56% from the year 2014.
- 39% companies plan to start, their own open source software projects, 47% to release their internal tools and projects as open source, 53% expect to reduce barriers to employee participation.
- More than 66% consider open source software before proprietary software alternatives.
- Participation in open source helps 50% of companies to find and recruit top talent.
- 43% companies said open source software provides better competitive features, 43% said it provides greater ease of deployment, 58% believe open source affords the greatest ability to scale.
- Open source has impacted Cloud, Big Data, Operating Systems, IoT.
- 55% companies believe open source delivers better security and 67% of companies don’t even monitor source code for vulnerabilities.
- Nearly 9 in 10 companies believe, open source greatly impacts the speed of innovation.
- For 8 in 10 companies open source improves margins and grows revenues.
- When including open source in it’s code base, nearly 3 of 4 companies, are more than satisfied with their compliance with licenses and getting approval for open source components.
- Open source code is valued at $1.3B, which is up by 86% YoY.