In the 1990s, the concept of “open source” was coined by a group of American computer scientists to address the “software gap.” Unsurprisingly, many antagonists, especially corporate monopolists, termed it as a pipe dream. Today, nearly three decades later, we are ought to discuss how “open source” applications took over the world. Not only small ventures but also major IT enterprises are engaging in open source development, deployment, and public repos.
The efficiency of open source in handling big data, cloud, security, and encryption has outgrown the criticism it had to field once. The largest source code management (SCM) functionality of Git (GitHub) invited 40 million users and 190 million repositories, including 28 million public repositories. It’s important to mention that Linux remains the largest ever open source software project.
“The Integrator” evaluates the role of open source and its competitive qualities in the IT industry. We align with one of the key observations of Irving Wladawsky-Berger, a senior IBM associate and one of the computer scientists who proposed the need for open-source coding. He famously said, “the Internet and open-source initiatives are the free marketplace way of dealing with the extremely complex software issues we are facing.”
The 94th edition of Integrator brings insightful information on open source, new releases, pragmatic acquisitions, productive negotiations, and market standards to you. As the topic is enormous, we continue to cover the thoughts and views of industry leaders in the 95th edition as well.
I am also pleased to announce our upcoming “ICT Champion Awards” that happens on the sidelines of the GITEX 2021. In the 14th edition of the annual awards, we recognize the industry leaders.
Good luck to all and happy reading!