Open source at its core is a reaction to the drawbacks of closed source, according to Kelsey Hightower, staff developer advocate at Google. Hightower shared his take on the open source culture during a fireside chat with D2iQ Founder and CPO Ben Hindman as part of the “Cloud Native Virtual Summit featuring Kubernetes” last week.
It is safe to say that behind any successful open source project or product there is a passionate and tight-knit community collaborating under the virtue of transparency to develop services that break from tradition. Culture is one of the bedrock components driving the industry to evolve and transition in terms of getting organizations to adopt open source. Even as the massive ecosystem of vendors, partners, and providers grows around Kubernetes and open source projects, Hightower said the key to new technologies and methodologies is a broad group of people collaborating and communicating; fundamentally making openness a pretty good tool when used to build software.