September 2013 Newsletter
[OW2 Newsletter - September 2013 - From the OW2 Management Office]
Dear OW2 Members, dear All,
This month marks the 30th anniversary of the GNU project. On September 27th, 1983, Richard Stallman called upon programmers to join him in creating "free Unix". What he, and later the Free Software Foundation, invented was free software, an efficient techno-legal construct to share code development efforts tinted with strong anti-monopolist values. This was phase one. During phase two, some 15 years ago, thanks to new permissive licenses, free software was forked into open source, a business movement and the outsider's strategy par excellence. As many companies such as JasperSoft, Red Hat, SugarCRM and Talend have demonstrated, open source is the way for new-comers or non-dominant players to change the rules of the game in a given segment and change market hierarchies in their favor. Meanwhile, still riding the free software wave, research and academic communities and a growing population of developers have created a huge code base of non-commercial free software: tools, drivers, components, frameworks, gadgets, etc. all freely available from repositories such as SourceForge and PLUME. Unfortunately, because of its non-commercial bias, open source earned a bad reputation as being bad for business. But things change and we are now into the third phase in the evolution of open source. Technology development in the IT sector is increasingly a collective effort; it requires contributions in a multitude of shapes and forms. In this world of complexity, open source provides a seamless mechanism for collaborative R&D, it brings agility and competitiveness to the innovation process and helps create value. While old-fashioned business managers remain skeptical, joint open source efforts such as Genivi, OpenDaylight and OpenStack are already shaping the markets of tomorrow.
Thank you for your contributions and on-going support,