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Has open source become the default business model for enterprise software?

From ZDNet

"The announcement this week that Splice Machine is open sourcing its product has become just the latest reminder that – in emerging technology markets – open source is increasingly the rule, not the exception.

Open source software is one of those overnight successes that's been a decade and more in the making. It's a far cry from the early days when Red Hat and JBoss blazed a trail that still has doubters. Arguably, there's still the issue of whether Red Hat, a publicly traded, open source company, is a Unicorn from a different twist. Nonetheless, today, when we get acquainted to a new startup, one of the first questions that we pop is whether they're open source.

So it was with more than passing interest that we checked out a few weeks back a fascinating discussion led by venture firm Accel Partners. Convened on the premise that open source was becoming the default business model for the software business, the panel was moderated by Accel's big data champion, Ping Li, and it included CEOs of three of the company's portfolio companies: Cloudera, Cockroach Labs (no, they're not a prospective rival to Terminex) and Sysdig.

A good barometer of the progress of open source can be found by comparing notes from Black Duck Software's annual Future of Open Source surveys that date back over a decade. The 2015 survey indicated a doubling of use of open source to run business IT environments since 2010. This year's survey pointed out that the preponderance of open source was in operating systems, database platforms and development tools, and that in the next two to three years, the hot spots for open source will be cloud, database and big data. Hold that thought.”

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