The Forces Of Open

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What’s driving open source? That was the question InfoWorld asked me to explore for a feature-length article. I spent a good deal of time over the summer thinking about it, and went on to present some ideas as the opening keynote at the eighth International Conference on Open Source Systems in September.

My conclusion is that the key forces driving open source – both for good and bad – are:

  1. The rise of open source foundations
  2. The number of licensing choices available, and how they are understood
  3. The threat of software patents and responses to it
  4. Cloud computing and the usage modalities it induces
  5. Big data and the change in the value point of software it implies

I’m continuing to work on these ideas and welcome input.

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