Open source software is growing in popularity among CIOs, as it provides 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 aim of turning users into customers by offering them support services.
While the base code for these projects is open, free and transparent, vendors then tend to build their own products or services on top of that code. From a vendor standpoint, collaborating on the code allows them to participate in the direction of the project together with other contributors, whether they are hobbyist coders or other businesses.
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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