Gaël Blondelle

Open Source Business Developper ( France)

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Open Source for Industrial Users

Open Source started in the domain of software development and operating systems. It got boosted by the Internet when so many startups used, contributed or developed Open Source software both as a competitive advantage and as a fast access to the market strategy. For 30 years, FLOSS communities have maturated following 3 stages: 

  • Stage 1, as is open source software with a group of volunteers working on the same project
  • Stage 2, volunteer based foundations like the FSF or the Apache foundation, where contributors are individuals who share the same values even if we observe a certain level of professionalization
  • Stage 3, ecosystem based foundations like the Eclipse foundation or OW2, where contributions are mainly backed by companies

Noticeably, these FLOSS ecosystems are driven by technology providers or software vendors.Since 2000, industrial users, for which Open Source Software is not a core asset, started to consider it as an enabler for better collaboration and as an opportunity to better balance the software ecosystem. This movement creates the stage 4 of FLOSS communities - Open Source user foundations - with noticeable consortia already in their implementation phase like:

  • Genivi, that creates an industrial driven open source ecosystem for the entertainment middleware in automotive,
  • Opees, that tackles the stakes of Embedded software in Space, Aircraft and other intensive critical embedded software domains
  • Open ETCS, that defines an Open European Train Control System

This track will discuss the perceived advantages of Open Source software for industrial users, and envision the future of this 4th generation of Open Source Ecosystems. 

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