Business Gets FLOSS

“Going back just five years, open source was all about offering cheaper alternatives to proprietary software. Today, it’s moved from commoditization to open source being about faster innovation. Innovation is happening first in open source. If you’re doing any type of a scale-out infrastructure, it’s probably going to be open source. If you’re looking at implementing a DevOps process, you’ll want to be using open source. If you’re going to do anything with big data, it’s going to be open source. And, of course, the cloud was born using open source software”
 
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This has been the case for several years now, that business wants to put most new projects together using FLOSS. It makes sense. They have more flexibility. Easier/faster licensing. They can get things done sooner. That’s what I found in schools a decade earlier.

What still has to happen however is FLOSS on the desktops. Business is not there yet. They still are not convinced that GNU/Linux, Firefox, and LibreOffice can do most of what they need done, especially now that so much computing is done on servers. There’s no need for lock-in on the desktop but most businesses are locked in, not by particular applications but by M$’s stuff seriously designed to lock folks in. Those that are free to use FLOSS are still thinking inside that box even though it’s no longer nailed shut.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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One Response to Business Gets FLOSS

  1. ram says:

    Virtually all the businesses I know use either Linux or BSD on the desktop. Likewise for Point of Sales devices.

    OpenBSD is gaining ground rapidly as it can be locked down and they have implemented the “Tame” command/feature. Tame is a system call developers can put in their programs to restrict what system features the program can use. If a program that uses Tame tries to perform a restricted operation the kernel will kill it.
    For example the OpenBSD command “cat” has network access disabled, “ping” has file access disabled. This is a very useful security tool, especially for systems in retail and banking.

    I expect this feature to work its way into Linux in due course.

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