Roughly 26 years after Linux pushed open source into mainstream enterprise adoption, we’re still debating how big a role open source should play — at least, some people are.
Developers aren’t in that group: Open source has become part of the “furniture” for them, essential to data infrastructure (Hadoop, Spark, and so on), mobile (Android), operations (Docker, Kubernetes), machine learning (TensorFlow, Mahout), and more.[ Intel, Apache, Amazon, and more: See the 2017 open source rookies of the year. | Cut to the key news in technology trends and IT breakthroughs with the InfoWorld Daily newsletter, our summary of the top tech happenings. ]

The PR world, however, didn’t get the memo.

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, sent out a note this past week arguing that companies that “don’t jump on the open source bandwagon” risk being “left behind.” SAS’s PR team, by contrast, put out a report offering helpful guidelines: Make sure your software portfolio contains no more than 40 percent open source or face potential exposure to all sorts of security, cost, and other problems.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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