“Think free as in free speech, not as in free beer.”
- Richard Stallman
decades ago is now a preeminent source of innovation. Today, open- source software offers a rich, reliable, and well-supported path that gives operating system and software application vendors, device manufacturers, and service providers the freedom, power, and choice to build and deliver revolutionary solutions—faster, better, and at lower cost. Competitors become collaborators, technology discoveries are shared, and interoperability becomes a guiding principle.
In looking back over the meteoric rise of open source as a force in the computing industry, the world’s most iconic companies have tapped into the power of open source to establish businesses that likely could not exist without the freedom and creativity that open source grants its proponents. In turn, these businesses have reaped the rewards of this unique model.
By leveraging open-source software as a platform to build their own solutions and deliver additional value to their customers, forward-looking companies have realized substantial rewards. These companies are reshaping the marketplace and forging bold new possibilities through imaginative product and service offerings.
“The power of open source—- what has made it disruptive over the
past many years—is its ability to simultaneously improve the innovation of software and how quickly it can get to market, all at reduced cost. Intel and Black Duck have collaborated for many years to build awareness in the market and help drive the growth and vitality of the open-source ecosystem. ”
- Tim Yeaton
President and CEO
Black Duck Software
The Facebook data center in Prineville, Oregon, takes advantage of the key benefits of open source: innovation, flexibility, and cost optimization. Powered by custom Intel® server boards and open- source components, the center handles a torrent of data from 800-million-plus customers (and it’s still growing rapidly).
Through the energy and ideas of a worldwide talent pool, the pace of innovation quickens and technology breakthroughs emerge— from the evolution of the Internet to the explosion of social media and new models around big data.
Access to source code makes it possible to craft customized solutions from proven open-source components that effectively meet very precise and detailed customer requirements. This level of flexibility unleashes the creativity of businesses, enabling them to construct solutions that are as unique as each individual business.
In a recent survey , 70 percent of enterprise end users cited lower TCO as a key driver for Linux adoption. And cost optimization escalates as businesses grow.3 Without open source, imagine how costs could have inhibited growth of the Internet and the massive server farms that power Facebook, Google, Amazon, NASA, and Twitter.