To an average capitalist, the very concept of open-source can get quite irksome at times. To these conventional minds, and souls, building a tech product (or any product for that matter) goes like this:
Start off with ideation.
Start building it. Maybe out of your garage to ensure success 🙂
Develop it away from prying eyes of competitors and be the first to patent it.
Put together an enticing final product and start selling.
But as the internet got mainstream a couple decades ago, a collaborative atmosphere was built by the nerds of the time.
Here, the race was not amongst the developers. It was time and tech that the community tried to outpace.
Contributing to software and frameworks that they believed in, this collaborative community built some darn good products.
This collaborative atmosphere was then coined as the open-source ecosystem.
Collaboration is the way to productivity these days. It’s evident in the field of development more than ever. From DevOps to SaaS, collaborative software development has deeply impregnated the industry. Open-source is the ecosystem that gives this grouped innovation a platform to solve problems together within the community. The platform rests on the base of eradicating the competition for scarce resources and rather diverging the knowledge for solving problems in numerous industries through collaboration and emanating new resources and opportunities. This is the reason why most of the tech companies dedicate entire divisions to open-source development.
Like every other field in this world, the open-source system is also changing. So let’s squint at the crystal ball and see what open-source is up to this year:
- The New Deepin Release Holds Reformatory Potential
The open-source environment has its very base on Linux. Obviously, a wave in Linux results in ripples in the open-source ecosystem. The new release of Deepin Linux i.e. Deepin 15.11 has a feature named Deepin Cloud Sync that will induce great shifts in the open-source ecosystem. This feature allows the users to sync their system settings to the cloud. This means that shifting from one OS to another won’t mean that you’ll have to update your personal settings on the new OS too. You just have to connect it to your Deepin Cloud and then, Voila. Now, as simple as this feature may sound, it is going to save the users who function with multiple operating systems or desktops truckload of time.
- Pre-installed Linux Machines
Apart from new software releases of Linux derivatives, 2020 can be the year in which nearly all of the original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are going to be selling their machines with Linux already installed in them. With Lenovo, Dell and many big OEMs already being the part of the herd, other OEMs regardless of their popularity are going to jump in.
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- Open-Source increasing its hold over the torch
The notion of open-source being at the center of holding the torch over different enterprises is preposterous to none. Be it AI, IoT, Cloud Computing, open source is at the charge. But there is one domain for open-source to acquire i.e the desktop domain which is predicted to happen by the end of 2020. This is because of the gradually increasing reliability of Linux derivatives over other OSs on the grounds of security.
- Increased Responsive Automation
As the rise in innovation in CI/CD pipelines promise better responsive automation, development of intelligent systems that update themselves, test their own codes and impose cessation on the production if there is a problem. With the help of Helm, Terraform, and other Kubernetes-centric tools, systems that optimize themselves are the new rising ventures. Some sci-fi aficionados in the community also indicate this as the rise of AI as a different race competing against humans for survival.
- NVIDIA contributing to the Open-source
NVIDIA, after watching the clear signs of Linux getting in charge in every enterprise domain, has finally decided to hand-in-hand with open-source. NVIDIA in December put out an announcement that it has a big surprise for Linux. It was their contribution to help in making the Nouveau drivers, that were originally made by reverse-engineering the NVIDIA’s proprietary Linux drivers, more better so that the Linux gaming desktops can provide a better gaming experience and their popularity skyrockets amongst the gamers due to its prevalent security over windows.
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These signs promise a great year for the open-source ecosystem and the community as well. The inclination of some of these big companies towards supporting the platform hint increased flexibility in collaborative development. Wanna read more of our