Black Duck software has just published their analysis of a survey of 1300 companies who use FLOSS, Free/Libre Open Source Software.“Sixty-four percent of companies currently participate in open source projects â€“ up from 50 percent in 2014â€“ and over the next 2-3 years, 88 percent are expected to increase contributions to open source projects.
Open source has become the default approach for software with more than 66 percent of respondents saying they consider OSS before other options.”
See The Ninth Annual Future of Open Source Survey.” It used to be said that FLOSS was the “alternative”. That’s no longer the case. That Other OS and non-Free software are now the “alternatives” to FLOSS.
One screen, 32, of Black Duck’s analysis is interesting. The respondents ranked the importance of FLOSS projects this way:
Clearly, most are seeing the server as the “Green Field” for FLOSS but LibreOffice being right there is amazing. I questions why those server applications are listed ahead of GNU/Linux, Apache or Nginx… and where’s Android/Linux? I guess there are so many choices it’s rather random what the ordering will be in any sample. Still, it’s an amazing report. I think this shows the writing’s on the wall for That Other OS in 2015, The Year Of The GNU/Linux Desktop. M$’s most loyal customers, businesses, are mutinying and putting the old captain and loyal officers into a lifeboat ready to be cast adrift. The purveyors of non-Free software will have to paddle hard to have any possibility of keeping up. I don’t think they can keep up. FLOSS is the right way to do IT and the world knows it.