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The 2022 open source software supply chain survey report


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In December of 2021, Tidelift fielded our annual survey of technologists—including software developers, engineering executives and managers, architects, and devops pros—who build applications with open source.

Nearly 700 people shared how they use open source software to build applications today, what barriers they face, and what tools and strategies would help them use open source even more effectively. 

In this year’s survey, we learned how current events like the SolarWinds and Log4Shell open source software supply chain exploits and new government initiatives like the White House executive order on improving the nation’s cybersecurity are changing the way organizations manage open source.

We explored the most urgent challenges development teams face when building applications with open source. We collected data regarding how confident technologists are in their organizations’ current open source management practices, and in the open source components and languages they use more generally. Finally, we dove deep into several open source management best practices, including the use of software bills of materials (SBOMs) and repositories of approved open source components.

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