Open source – and the collaborative, community principles that form the basis for its growth – is one of the bedrocks of building software.
Microsoft famously saw it as a threat, with former CEO Steve Ballmer calling open source operating system Linux a “Cancer” before eventually coming around.
“We’ve seen open source go from this really unknown development strategy [where] there was a lot of FUD – fear, uncertainty and doubt,” said open source leader and Forest Hill resident Jim Jagielski, “To now open source is the de facto standard for how companies use and create software.”
There’s a chance to hear his thoughts in the area coming up, as Jagielski will discuss the evolution of open source over 20 years and the challenges and opportunities still ahead in a keynote at the Mid-Atlantic Developer Conference.
Around the time that open source came about, Jagielski cofounded the Apache Software Foundation.
With both the Apache Software Foundation and open source being 20 years old, Jagielski sees this as an important time for reflection, and to look ahead. Despite the early opposition 20 years ago, he said the advantages not only in building technology itself but also growing communities that contributed to its development have proved powerful.
He joined the Apache Software Foundation board at the beginning, and was a leading voice as open source software went on to influence society widely.