Open source is leaving its vendor roots behind

Commentary: Some of the best open source today is made by enterprises like yours. Here’s why that matters.

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Back in 2009 then Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst declared, “Ultimately, for open source to provide value to all of our customers worldwide, we need to get our customers not only as users of open source products but truly engaged in open source and taking part in the development community.” By 2016, he went a step further, arguing, “The majority of IT innovation will come from users, not vendors.” 

It’s 2021, and Whitehurst’s dream of enterprises doing the heavy lifting of open sourcing code has yet to be realized, but there are signs that we’re well into the “early adopter” phase. Namely, the number of user-led projects being shepherded by foundations like the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. 

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