Open Source Business Conference and New Survey Highlight Key Trends

Every year, in conjunction with the Open Source Business Conference (OSBC), a series of markers and metrics roll out that provide a glimpse at how open source technology is advancing and contributing to innovation. The conference has been underway in San Francisco this week, and the latest edition of the gathering is no exception. Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst weighed in on the state of open source, and survey results put some numbers on where it stands. Jim Whitehurst has spoken at a few iterations of the OSBC gathering, and he frequently points out there that open source components are making their way into the software portfolios of nearly all businesses and organizations. This year, he stressed that open source is helping to usher in a world of user-led innovation, as opposed to vendor-led innovation. As summarized on ReadWriteWeb: "By choosing an open model, enterprises necessarily make the choice to participate in the future, rather than simply accepting the technologies their preferred vendors hand them. In such a model, even vendors must collaborate with communities, rather than dictate to them. For example, Red Hat can’t provide a long-term roadmap because it works collaboratively with the wider community of open

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