Open source sustainability won't come from focusing exclusively on hobbyists on the one hand and VC-backed OSS vendors on the other. The numbers simply don't add up. Instead, sustainability will come from baking a strong open source culture within companies and getting developers to contribute as part of their day job. This requires companies to understand the ROI of contributing to open source. In this talk we'll explore a number of existing strategies to fund open source and make it more sustainable, from patronage to dedicated ad networks.
A few years ago, Heartbleed epitomized a massive open source sustainability problem for critical parts of the internet infrastructure. The bug, which affected the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library, notably compromised the confidentiality of 4.5 million US patient records and cost the industry an estimated $500M.
It was soon revealed that the root-cause of the issue was that OpenSSL was precariously understaffed. Open source sustainability became a major theme overnight. Stories of maintainer burn-out made the headlines. And tentative solutions started to emerge, most of them donation-based.
In this talk we’ll explore a number of existing strategies to fund open source and make it more sustainable, from patronage to dedicated ad networks. And we’ll defend the idea that the best path to open source sustainability is to help companies understand the tangible business value they can get from contributing to open source.
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The audience will get a better understanding of the real sustainability issue of open source: solving it doesn’t require a charity-based solution; it needs an industry shift towards more collaborative development which will accelerate innovation and create value.
C-Suite, Engineering Managers, Team Leads, Software Developers, Open Source Maintainers
About UnlockOpen: UnlockOpen is based on the following principles: Open source is everywhere. It’s in your phone and in your car. It’s flying satellites to orbit and helping cure diseases. It’s powering today’s economy. Latest survey finds it in 96% of code bases, in which it represents more than half of the lines of code.