Highlights from the 2022 State of Open Source Report

Open source software “underpins the IT infrastructure that powers the digital economy,” states the 2022 State of Open Source Report compiled by OpenLogic by Perforce and the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

The 77-page report details responses from open source users on their adoption and use of various types of open source software (OSS). For example, the survey found that “61% of European respondents use open source software vs. a 43% global average.”  

The top reasons respondents gave for using OSS in general were:

  • Access to innovations and latest technologies 
  • No license cost, overall cost reduction 
  • To modernize technology stack 
  • Many options for similar technologies 
  • Constant releases and patches

Reservations regarding use of OSS included:

  • Lack of internal skills to test, use, integrate, and support 
  • Restrictions in some open source licenses 
  • It doesn’t scale as well as proprietary software 
  • No real-time support 

However, 37% of respondents in small organizations indicated that they have no reservations using open source software vs. 27% of respondents overall.

In regard to the types of OSS used in organizations, the top five responses were:

  • Programming languages and frameworks
  • Databases and data technologies 
  • Operating systems
  • Git public repos
  • Frameworks and tooling for AI/ML/DL 

Specifically, the five most-used Linux distributions were:

  • Ubuntu
  • Debian
  • CentOS
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  • OpenSUSE

Other top open source software in use included:

  • Docker
  • Kubernetes
  • OpenStack
  • KVM
  • Podman