Here’s what we know. Open source software is incredible, but it’s got some issues.
For software development teams, building on top of open source components can be time-consuming and risky. Maintaining open source dependencies drains precious development resources, while the best parts of commercial software—like professional support, maintenance, and security updates—are often spotty or not available at all. Meanwhile, for open source maintainers, a project can feel like a full-time job even when it isn’t—a labor of love, with little direct financial reward.
First, software development teams shouldn’t have to worry about managing the open source software they incorporate into their projects themselves. They should be confident that it is reliably managed for them—professionally supported, more secure, well integrated, and properly maintained.
Meanwhile, open source maintainers should be compensated for the value their projects create. They should have easy access to paying users and to the tools they need to level up their projects in ways that make them attractive to commercial users standing ready to pay for value delivered.
That’s the future we see for open source. We’re working together to make it a reality. If you see it, too, join us.
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