The Tired Debate About Open-Source-in-the-Enterprise Dies an Overdue Death

by Brian Timoney

The obituary appeared in the Wall Street Journal this week (ungated link).

And the lead sentence is all you need to read:

The use of open-source software is becoming more prevalent at big companies for reasons including ease of innovation and cutting the time to get products to market.



No mention of “free” or condescending references to “hackers” and “spare time”.

If you still need Fortune 10 validation, check out this quote from a General Electric VP–

Our goal is not to use open source. Our goal is to be able to develop applications in a three-to-five month time frame…


In an increasingly competitive marketplace, organizations of all sizes are now appreciating the high cost of waiting around for entrenched software vendors to innovate.


—Brian Timoney