The rise of Apache server in the 1990s established open source software as a dominant force in the mainstream computing market. From there, Linux rose to prominence throughout enterprise computing, firmly establishing open source as a mainstay in the IT world. On the desktop, open source has faced an uphill battle (in the U.S. at least, less so in other regions) against Microsoft Windows, but even significant portions of MacOS now contain open source roots. In the mobile space, Android and its usurping of market primacy from iOS in the last few years illustrate that open source is not only popular, it's a disruptive market-changer.
So if open source is powerful enough to transform the server and mobile markets, should enterprises be even more active in embracing open source in their mobile efforts? Now is a key time to consider such questions. With Tizen 3.0, the latest hybrid successor to Samsung's Bada and Intel’s MeeGo operating systems, and Mozilla soon releasing its Firefox OS on ZTE phones (the OS is already available on phones in Spain), it's clear that open source is making a strong surge in the mobile space.
Enterprises must now ask whether they want more open source within their workforces and, if so, why?
William Van Winkle has been a full-time tech writer and author since 1998. He specializes in a wide range of coverage areas, including unified communications, virtualization, cloud computing, storage solutions and more. William lives in Hillsboro, Oregon with his wife and 2.4 kids, and -- when not scrambling to meet article deadlines -- he enjoys reading, travel, and writing fiction.
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