It's been a long time since the open source software It stopped being something weird, something only relegated to hackers who created their own programs and shared it with others on the network. Some companies were incorporated within the hour, some have ended up disappearing or being absorbed by others. Others have followed and have become real monsters that earn large amounts of money with this business that many did not see any kind of benefit years ago.
Linus B Torvalds He has already expressed several times how good it is that there are more and more companies working with open source, and he has welcomed them. The Linux Foundation is seeing more and more interest and more members joining it. The list is growing, from small startups with very good ideas, to large, very powerful corporations. Although we must never forget the power and contribution of the community, which is a key piece in this ...
If you want to know what these companies are, the list with the 10 leaders of open source it would be like this:
- Red Hat: the giant with the red hat is probably one of the most powerful companies in this sector. Currently it has been bought by IBM as you well know, so it will be an interesting pair to become strong in cloud services.
- Canonical: is another of the companies that have become very powerful and with a lot of presence in the world of open source technology. With strong projects for the cloud and companies, in addition to its famous Ubuntu distro, which is what most know it for ...
- Google: the search giant has been criticized for some actions, and acclaimed for many others. But we must not forget that it is one of the greats that contributes the most to open source.
- IBM: Apart from having absorbed Red Hat, IBM has a long history of contributing open source projects and contributing code. It should not be forgotten that she has been heavily involved in the development of the Linux kernel, in addition to many other open projects.
- Oracle: Although they also have proprietary projects, we must not forget that they once bought one of the greats of open source, such as Sun Microsystems. Although they have lost or disengaged from some of Sun's projects, they remain with many others.
- Adobe: It may seem counterintuitive, but although it is known for its proprietary code projects like Photoshop, Premier, Acrobat Reader, etc., the truth is that they have a large open source repository on GitHub.
- Microsoft: yes, another that may squeak, but lately they have joined the open-source. Both contributing code, releasing some of their programs, and also with the current GitHub purchase.
- mongoDB: one of the most important alternative database projects to other closed databases.
- Docker: Obviously this project has become extremely important due to the versatility and use that containers are now being given, especially for cloud projects.
- CHEF: not so well known, but it is an important open source platform to automate and define infrastructure at any scale.
And if we look among the members of the Linux Foundation, or the RISC-V Foundation, etc., surely the names on this list can continue to be extended. But these are the 10 most interesting I've found ...