Vieri del Bianco, Luigi Lavazza, Sandro Morasca, and Davide Taibi published a survey on Open Software Trustworthiness.
“Over the past few years, users in many sectors have increasingly adapted open source software (OSS) products. No longer the product of lone coders, industrial-strength OSS is often developed by organized communities and sometimes even by major software companies applying the same rigorous processes and high-quality standards they use when developing their commercial products. However, many software companies and users alike are still somewhat reluctant to massively adopt OSS in their mainstream activities, primarily because they’re unsure if and to what extent they can actually trust OSS. Trust must be built, and, as with any offering, OSS products would probably be more easily trusted when their claims are backed by reliable evidence.”
Having been for 13 years one of the public spokespersons of Sun Microsystems, the company that contributed most code to the Open Source Community in the industry, I gave hundreds of presentations at conferences and at customer sites on “Open Source–Open Systems–Open Standards” (you can look at an example presentation here) and I still believe that this is a powerful and more sustainable model for software creation.
Do you think that the people surveyed were overly optimistic? Overly pessimistic?
Or should we ask: Can we trust closed systems and proprietary software?
- Fixing open source software (sciencetext.com)
- There is Free Software and then there is Free Software (jeffhoogland.blogspot.com)
- Open source: Driving change in the software industry (zdnet.com)
- The Different Faces of Openness: How to Further Software Innovation. Proceedings of the 2007 Computer Science and IT Education Conference, pp 137ff