I have recently met a few individuals who do not ascribe positive value to open source. Â I had thought the open software versus closed software argument was decided circa 2005. Â Unfortunately, a few renegade individuals are holding out, and believe in the goodness of autocratic companies who operate without transparency. Â It took me awhile to dig into the bias and understand the root concern; an organizational need for competent technical support, high usability, and a viable roadmap. Â Corporate sponsored open source solves these concerns.
Openness is multi-dimensional:
- Open Source
- Open License (i.e. 100% Apache License)
- Open Development (e.g.Â Apache/WSO2 developer mailing lists, JIRA, architecture forum)
- Open Standards (e.g.Â Java SE, AMQP, W3C, OASIS, OpenID, Cloud Security Alliance)
- Open Architecture Â (e.g.Â Security, Governance, Messaging, Events, ESB,Â SOA, REST)
- Openly Published Pricing