From the Fujitsu Labs Innovation Forum, June 4th, 2014, Mountain View, CA
Ryan Singer, CryptoCorp
Avery Ching, Facebook
Andreas Gal, Mozilla.org
Jim Zemlin, Linux Foundation
“We are moving from a product-based world to a services-based world.” – Jim Zemlin. This is primarily due to:
- Software Abstraction: Virtualization, SDN, etc.hardware is getting commoditized
- Open Source: dominates software and makes software platforms also a commodity
- Talent War: premium on good developers
Much innovation in software comes from external R&D. Large organizations are moving to the strategic use of open source from a 30% average to 80% for best in class (telecoms, networking, etc.) Examples include Sony Mobile: “over 80% of the software in our handsets is open source”, and Samsung: “we couldn’t build all our products without open source.”
Open Source As A Collaboration Tool
- Strategic Analysis: which open source projects work best?
- Intellectual Property: license managment, trademarks, etc.
- Development Process: social coding style, GIT, etc.
- Business Process: downstream code integration
Managing External Open Source R&D:
- Compete with peers
- Align with cutting-edge and get ‘early peek’
- Recruit OS talent
- Contribute code, get fixes, enhancements, build innovation communities
Security & Privacy Issues with OS
- Recent revelations have put concerns in key OS technologies like https
- In general OS is very secure as weaknesses can be patched/fixed very quickly
- Transparency at the byte level (compiling source code) allows binary matching to ensure fidelity
The Future – Open Source Hardware?
- Facebook data servers
- Google Android stack
- Mozilla OS