5 key forces driving open source today

From the rise of foundations to emerging revenue models, the open source movement is primed for even greater impact on tomorrow's technologies

By Simon Phipps, InfoWorld |  IT Management

As more businesses move toward business models where the mere software they use does not differentiate them, we can expect to see further growth in open source: more projects released, more businesses engaging in open source communities, more pressure for patents to be remediated and licenses to be chosen wisely.

Open source futureThe open source movement has evolved significantly since OSI was launched 15 years ago. Yet in many ways, the factors driving open source use and adoption are simply heirs of the original drivers of open source: the four software freedoms and their guarantee through open source licensing.

As long as we keep focus on those freedoms to use, study, modify, and distribute the source, we'll keep finding new ways that software freedom drives benefit to the individual, to business, and to society as a whole. The forces driving open source will continue to change; their origins in software freedom won't.

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