Posted by: bluesyemre | July 20, 2017

Why we’re all in #OpenSource now – Kristen Ratan


Bochum – Deutsches Bergbau-Museum – Starrer Ausbau einer Strecke mit Stahl, image by Daniel Mennerich

For a long time, even an open source advocate might have written a passionate plea about it from a Windows operating system. Most PCs and laptops were the domain of Microsoft, whose then-CEO Steve Ballmer once compared open source to cancer. Those days are longgone, as the company’s recent OpenDev event (tagline: “See what’s possible with open source in the cloud”) attests.

Open source has gone mainstream enough to power everything from the UK taxpayer system to breathalyzers and the New York Stock Exchange. And today, chances are good that you’re reading this on an Android device; Google’s open-source operating system now covers 86.8% of the market.

Open source is everywhere, thanks in large part to Linux — the kernel and various open-source components are now widely found in embedded systems. The car industry is a good example of why it makes sense: the most advanced part of your vehicle today just may be the onboard computer. These Linux-embedded dashboard devices offer voice recognition, mapping, text messages, climate control, collision sensors, entertainment systems and more. As they become ever more sophisticated, manufacturers need to keep costs from spiraling too high and retain control over the software architecture. With open source, they can choose from multiple vendors at every level — and still maintain direct control of the system, something not possible with proprietary software. By 2020, Linux is expected to be the leader in the market with 53.7 million devices on the road.

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