Linux and other open source applications are finding increasing acceptance in the global marketplace in small and large companies alike. Statistics on the growth of a few open source programs – like Apache (a webserver), Linux (an operating sytem), FreeBSD (an operating system), and PostgreSQL (a database server) – show this to be true. In this article, we’ll consider why open source is growing so fast, and what it means to a leader of a small company.
Apache – on the Warpath
Apache is a free open source webserver that runs on most operating systems. It has been taking market share from Microsoft’s webserver (and others) since 1995.
It’s not like Microsoft hasn’t tried to take over this market. Users have found Apache to be easier to implement, more secure, and more reliable than its competitors in the marketplace. It is also more reparable when there are problems (after all, you have the source code) and, most of all, it is free.