Open source is taking over the software world, survey says
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It's been only a few weeks since the Linux Foundation released its report that enterprise use of Linux continues to rise, but on Wednesday fresh data came out that suggests the same is true of open source software in general.
Specifically, Black Duck Software and North Bridge Venture Partners today announced the results of the seventh annual Future of Open Source Survey, which found that open source software has matured to such an extent that it now influences everything from innovation to collaboration among competitors to hiring practices.
"It's been recognized that software is eating the world,” said Michael Skok, general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners. “Our survey points to the fact that open source is eating the software world."
With more than 800 respondents from both vendor and non-vendor communities, the 2013 survey reflects the views of the largest sample in its history. It polled respondents about open source trends and opportunities, key drivers of open source adoption, community engagement, and the business problems open source will solve now and in the #$%$ture.
Open source software is definitely growing. Consumers, businesses and government agencies are far more enthusiastic to embrace open source solutions than before. The growth of Android alone is a great example.
In the Linux world several of the most popular distros began to make radical changes to the user interface in the spirit of "modernization". However most of these changes were eye candy and had nothing to do with real productivity. When long term users complained the were ignored at first. When the customers began to fork their own versions of Linux the big distros responded and remade their distros to both the modern and traditional interface. The true beauty of open source is the ability for users to make their wishes heard or develop a solution of their own.
Microsoft has an opportunity to play a staring role going forward,especially in new convertibles tablets enabled by Intel's new Haswell and BayTrail processors available soon. But to realize this opportunity Microsoft needs to take customers feedback far more seriously and become more customer centric in general. If Microsoft gets it right we might see, as Intel's CEO predicted W8 tablets available as low as $200-$300, and many of those could be dual-boot or multi-boot with Windows/Android/Ubuntu Touch/Tizen and users will have choice.
Consumers would be thrilled and we could see explosive growth for years to come.
number of sux renditions continues to rise- now approaching a trillion different varieties- however actually usage is dropping- PC World, Gartner pump their B S endlessly but the truth is Windows 8 owns the planet and phands too