On a quarterly basis, I go through hundreds of news, developments and discussions right where open source and cloud intersect as I build a comprehensive market research report for my colleagues. I often find great summary articles or presentations about topics like Linux namespaces or service meshes. Here are a few areas where I tend to spend more time:
Wherever you stand in the ISV/MSP/licensing/sustainability debate, I believe open source sustainability is a global debate and identified the following elements that are missing or misunderstood in the debate as soon as you leave the US: incidence of “income inequality” problem, definition and negative influence of “freeloaders”, role of “codes of conduct”, and differences between “recognition” and “survivability”.
I’ve built Linux distributions of various sizes, from a consumer-focused one that has millions of end users to custom-built Linux desktop distros for the Enterprise. Nowadays, I focus on researching how distro package management and distro release cadence and security are relevant to the open source software supply chain problem.
Back when I was in the professional services business, I spent a couple years specializing in open source document management and library software such as Koha and GNU EPrints. It’s kinda shocking that code and ideas from back then are still in use. I no longer have enough free time to explore the libtech state of the art, but I think the explosion of open source data solutions (driving some of the most exciting innovations of Linux in the last 5 years) presents a unique opportunity for open source libtech to shine.