The rapid growth of Open Source Software (OSS), what’s to become of proprietary systems? - INFOGRAPHIC
Who knew that what Microsoft termed as a “malignant cancer” will be now be the operating system in our dashboard? We know it’s surprising, but Linux has formed an Automotive Grade Linux Work Group with Toyota, Nissan and Jaguar. Though QNX and Microsoft are still dominating in powering automotive infotainment systems, but they won’t be happy to face Open Source Software or OSS in this arena too.
This is not the only place where open source is making its roots stronger. Debates on this subject have been in long, but the current example of Wikipedia beating up Britannica due to its community of contributors raises the question that will the same result in software? We personally believe in negative, at least for the next 15-20 years. But the development OSS has made in different key fields is something worth discussing.Cloud Computing:
When it comes to cloud computing, open source platforms are dominating to the extent that now there is a battle between them. OpenStack, an IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) cloud computing project backed up by more than 150 companies, is giving a tough time to Amazon Web Service (AWS). It is a clear example of how open source is better than proprietary in fulfilling the market requirements. More on how open source is ruling the cloud can be seen on our previous blog.Healthcare:
Healthcare is still an industry where innovation in terms of open source is relatively flat. Generally due to the idea that open source softwares are insecure and patient information can go on risk. With this notion slowly changing and the realization that Opensource softwares are more reliable than their counterparts, the list of softwares are increasing. Open Source Health Record Agent (OSEHRA) summit in October last year is an example of the slowly developing interest.Content Management:
Content Management is the land that is fully controlled by open source softwares. WordPress, Drupal and Joomla that are considered as the status-quo of CMS around 70% of the market share. While the rest like Typo3, Movable Type, Plone, Magento and Alfresco also provide their source code to the dev community. Follow this link to see a great visual (infographic) on the status quo of the major CMS SystemsOperating System:
Though open source operating systems are not dominant in desktops, but almost 90% of the servers run on Unix or Linux. When it comes to Mobile, 150 million units of Android, a Linux based OS by Google, were sold in the first quarter of 2013 which is almost three-fourth of the market share.
The list doesn’t end here. Apache Software Foundation is maintaining over 100 open source projects. Their LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySQL & PHP) has far more market share than Microsoft, and as we said, will soon help you drive.
Here’s looking at how OSS has dominated the market in just a decade: