Customer-driven open source is the future of software


By some estimates there are roughly 190 million companies on earth today. Imagine if they were all contributing to open source. Of course, most of those companies aren’t in a position to contribute code, but if we want truly sustainable, customer-friendly open source, it’s time to focus on the best possible source: companies that don’t sell software.

Why? Because the more software is built to suit the needs of those who are actually running it day-to-day, the better that software will be, and the less we’ll need to worry about sustainability. ITWorld’s Matt Asay points out that the real innovation in open source stems from customers; that is, from enterprises who use open source to build their businesses and contribute code accordingly.

[Source: ITWorld]