The Future of Open Source, Ubuntu Joins Open Compute Project & New Leadership for the OSI

Open Source Weekly Wrap Up: May 9 -15 2015

2015 Future of Open Source Study

For the last 15 years, North Bridge and Black Duck Software have joined efforts every year to conduct a survey about the use of open source in modern business. A record 1,300 people responded to the survey this year, up from 822 in 2013. Respondents included software engineers, CIOs, CEOs, educators, analysts, and more. There is little that has changed in open source trends, and this survey demonstrates the continued pervasive expansion of open source.

Here are some notable findings from this year’s survey:

Enterprise Use/Participation

  • 78% of companies run on open source, and less than 3% don’t use FOSS at all.
  • 64% of respondents said their company currently participates in open source projects, up 14% YOY.
  • 88% expect their companies to increase open source contributions, up from 56% last year.
  • 66% consider OSS to be the default option before proprietary.

The Open Source Advantage

  • 50% said open source involvement helps their company recruit top talent.
  • 55% said open source delivers better security
  • 89% said open source greatly impacts the speed of innovation
  • 78% said open source improves margins

What Needs Improvements

  • 55% have no policies or procedures for open source compliance.
  • 27% have a formal policy for employee contributions to OSS.
  • 16% have an automated code approval process.

Read More from North Bridge

Snappy Ubuntu Joins the Open Compute Project

Canonical, the lead company behind the Ubuntu Linux distribution, has announced that Ubuntu Snappy will be coming to Open Compute Project (OCP) network switches. Ubuntu will bring an assortment of benefits to OCP, including the fastest, smallest, and most reliable Ubuntu distribution ever, transactional updates for each app and kernel separately with rollback functionality, a new, simpler packaging system, and an assortment of NOS and NFV applications. Penguin Computing will be the first company to offer switches running Snappy, and their initial offerings will include top of rack 10GE and aggregation 40GE models.

Read more from Ubuntu Insights.

Samsung Launches ARTIK, a New Platform for IoT

Samsung has announced the release of ARTIK, an open source platform designed for building IoT devices. The goal of ARTIK is to reduce the fragmentation of the IoT market by providing an end-to-end solution for making interconnected applications for everything from low-powered wearables to high-end smart homes. The group behind the product worked with the team from Arduino to fully integrated the Arduino IDE into ARTIK, making it easier for developers to get started. Samsung is currently taking applications until May 31st to receive an alpha developer kit, so if you are interested in building IoT devices, be sure to check this out.

Read More at the Artik Blog.

The Open Source Initiative Elects a New President

Simon Phipps was elected as the President of the Open Source Initiative (OSI) in 2012, and his term ends in April 2016. He recently decided not to pursue a new term as president of the board, and the board has elected Allison Randal to replace him starting next year. Allison has a long history of working for open source foundations including the Perl Foundation, Parrot Foundation, and Python Software Foundation. She appears to be an ideal candidate to run the organization.

Read more at the OSI blog.

Author: Ben Lloyd Pearson

Ben is an open source technologist experienced in a wide array of modern IT tools. He's done a bit of everything, from web development, to systems administration, web publishing, and beyond.