Well-intentioned people keep proposing solutions to open source governance and revenue models. They’re wrong. Here’s why.
According to a new Black Duck survey, developers can’t get enough of open source, ramping up open source adoption by 60% last year. Why the uptick? A whopping 84% cited superior cost savings, ease-of-access, and no vendor lock-in.
Open source has become so pervasive that, as Cloudera co-founder Mike Olson declared: “No dominant platform-level software infrastructure has emerged in the last ten years in closed-source, proprietary form.” That’s “none” as in “zero.” Indeed, open source is such a staple of developer life that, he continued, “You can no longer win with a closed-source platform.”
Sourcegraph, MariaDB, and others that have recently launched hybrid licenses in an attempt to capture the benefits of open source without actually being open source. Good luck with that.