13 open source companies to watch 2018

Open source companies worth watching focus on cloud computing, applications, machine learning and more

Open source software is growing in popularity among leading CIOs for providing a flexible and agile escape from vendor lock-in that is typically low-cost if not entirely free.

Producers of the software provide original source code that is freely available to redistribute and modify. They rely on communities of developers to write, improve and inspect their code, with the business objective of turning those users into customers by providing support services to those using the free open source code.

Read on for our pick of open source companies to watch this year, and let us know if you think there are any we've missed.

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