The early days of the open source movement were all about creating an approachable on-ramp to software freedom. We focused strongly on the practical benefits of free software and refined the message, hoping to help the professional software sector better understand what we’d been saying since 1983. We succeeded to such an extent that modern open source is characterized by active use, participation, and contributions, from the largest Fortune 50 software giants to the smallest Silicon Valley startups and everything in between. Success in our first goal doesn’t mean we’re done, it only means we’re due to clearly define the next phase of open source. The potential of what we might accomplish, using the resources of the entire software industry, is both inspiring and daunting. Will we live up to that potential?
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Allison Randal is a software developer and open source strategist, currently working on open source strategy at HP. She is president of the Open Source Initiative, board member at the Perl Foundation, and co-founder of the FLOSS Foundation’s group for open source leaders. Allison previously served as president of the Perl Foundation, chief architect of the Parrot virtual machine and chairman of the board at the Parrot Foundation, board member at the Python Software Foundation, open source evangelist and OSCON conference chair at O’Reilly Media, technical architect of Ubuntu, and open source advisor at Canonical. She collaborates in the Debian and OpenStack projects.
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