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The Future Of Open-Source Enterprise Linux And Community Collaboration
"Open-source software's security and reliability aspects have played a significant role in its rise. The availability of source code to a large community of developers allows for thorough code review, which helps promptly identify and address potential security vulnerabilities. With a collective effort to maintain and enhance the software, the open-source approach ensures higher reliability and stability."
In the rapidly evolving world of technology, a seismic shift is taking place as the very ethos of the open-source market finds itself in flux. The cherished ideals of open community standards, collaboration, and crowdsourced innovation are now being challenged by powerful enterprises, many of them publicly-traded corporations, grappling with the balance between shareholder fiduciary responsibilities and community support.
Red Hat, one of the longtime leaders in the open-source space, made some key announcements, which I got the chance to discuss with Gunnar Hellekson, the GM of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux business recently, that the company is changing how it approaches the open-source community as it relates to its main source of revenue, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). RHEL is an open-source operating system that thousands of organizations, institutions, and government departments use globally.
Due to various factors, open-source software has gained significant prominence over the last decade with crowdsourced, open-code bases underpinning some of the fastest-growing software companies such as Redis, SUSE, MongoDB, and Elastic, among others. Open source refers to software that is released with its source code freely available to the public, enabling users to view, modify, and distribute it under specific open-source licenses. This approach has led to the emergence of a collaborative and transparent development model, resulting in widespread adoption and recognition.