Open source software is not new. Nor is it visibly sweeping through the enterprise technology landscape like the IoT or hybrid cloud.
But it is becoming a core feature in much of the technology used in today's business and consumer segments.
With one of the world's largest and longest-lived production application makers, Microsoft, moving to make much of its software open, the industry is seeing a new renaissance for open source code.
Think of Google's Android operating system, based on the open source Linux kernel, or software containerisation project, Docker, which is an open source initiative in itself.
In fact, Docker highlights where the open source resurgence is set to take hold: cloud computing.
According to IDC, more than 40 per cent of heavy cloud users planned to spend money on open source and standards projects in 2016.
In the coming year, this figure is likely to rise, with fellow analyst firm, 451 Research, expecting the open stack market to reach $US2.4 billion by 2017.
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