Open Source Trends for 2022 and Beyond

Open source is here to stay, cloud computing is catalyzing development, and the blockchain ecosystem is expanding and diversifying, reports George Anadiotis in a recent article that looks at key technology drivers that will shape 2022.

Open source software is particularly hot. According to Gartner's 2021 Hype Cycle for Open Source Software (OSS), "through 2025, more than 70% of enterprises will increase their IT spending on OSS, compared with their current IT spending,” says Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. 

He predicts that security will be the top priority for open source developers in 2022, citing the Log4j bug as a “perfectly awful” example of how things can go wrong. 

“There's nothing magical about open-source methodology and security,” Vaughan-Nichols notes. “Linus's law is that given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow. But, if not enough developers are looking, security vulnerabilities will still go unnoticed.” And, according to what he is calling Schneier's law, "Security is a process, not a product,” and “constant vigilance is needed to secure all software.” 

Read more at ZDNet. 

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