20 years on, open source hasnt changed the world as promised
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Open source has officially been a thing for 20 years now. Did anyone notice?
No, really. For something as revolutionary as open source, youd think it would have changed the way all software is developed, sold, and distributed. Unfortunately for those party planners looking to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of open source, it hasntchanged software, that is. For most developers, most of the time, software remains stubbornly proprietary.
What has changed in 20 years is the narrative about software. Were now comfortable with the idea that software can, and maybe should, be open source without the world ending. The actual opening of that source, however, is something to tackle in the next 20 years.