In a World Without Open Source

It’s thought-provoking when you consider software in this way, and a breathtaking demonstration of the power and influence of open source software (OSS) in our lives. If you’re a techie or a software developer, you know this and live it every day. But stop a moment to consider this: for the rest of the world, how deeply OSS has become a part of daily life, both in the enterprise and for consumers, is news.

So are we on the cusp of even greater breakthroughs with and expansion of OSS? Is it really becoming the glue holding everything together? Those of us in the software industry would argue we’re pretty close, and point to a few areas where OSS has made inroads in everyday life and business, reiterating Marc Andreessen’s canonical point that “software is eating the world.”