Social Communities Encourage Open Source Projects
January 4, 2013
Open source software solutions hinge on strong communities. Open source showcases the best of collective wisdom, allowing collaborative creation and almost continuous editing and improving. Fortunately, social networking inhibits that sort of powerful collaboration with ease and efficiency. Alex Handy writes about just this idea in his story, “Open Source Burrowed Deeper into the Enterprise in 2012.”
“Ten years ago, if you were working on an open-source project, you probably hosted it yourself. At the most, your team may have used SourceForge for storing your project code. But today, there is only one name in open-source software project repositories: GitHub. Throughout 2012, GitHub consistently played host to the biggest, most complex and most useful open-source projects. Relative newcomers to the open-source scene, such as Twitter’s Bootstrap, Raphael and Phusion Passenger, are all gaining popularity with both users and developers adding to these projects.”
While GitHub is a powerful platform, we would disagree with a couple of Handy’s statements above. GitHub did host many powerful projects in 2012, but not all of them. And this brings us to the second point, Apache Software Foundation has been around since 1999, hosting many of the industry’s most powerful and far-reaching open source projects, including Apache Lucene and Solr. Social networks like GitHub and the Apache Software Foundation empower companies like LucidWorks to offer the most advanced solutions to meet continually changing needs.
Emily Rae Aldridge, January 04, 2013