2010 - The year open source went invisible

The big open source news in 2010 is that open source became essentially invisible.

It's taken a while, but now it seems main stream media have realised that OSS (Open Source Software) is not the secret sauce for technology startups and online juggernauts: it is an unavoidable necessity.

in 2010 we saw open source pervade every area of software, and it became particularly evident in the strategies of web giants like Facebook and Google. For such companies, open source wasn't a business model, per se. Instead, it became an essential element of a great variety of business models

At Adlibre we've been saying for years that the economics of SAAS (Software as a Service) and PAAS (Platform as a Service) business models do not strongly favour OSS - they demand it. As SAAS meets cloud and hyper-scale, revenues get pushed down to the margin, and only OSS based technology stacks can be competitive. If you're an online SAAS provider and not using OSS, and you're competitor does, then you're uncompetitive from the get-go.

Enough techno-waffle, read on below for 'el reg's review of this trend:

Read More: www.theregister.co.uk/2010/12/17/open_source_year_in_review/

— Andrew

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