Brussels / 3 & 4 February 2024


Single-vendor is the new proprietary

As more and more software companies decide to abandon open source licenses to adopt source-available or non-compete licenses, it is time to take a step back. Is open source less interesting than it was when the Open Source Initiative was created 25 years ago? Or is it just a short-sighted, investor-driven move to extract incrementally more value to the detriment of the whole ecosystem?

In this talk, Thierry Carrez, General Manager at the OpenInfra Foundation and vice-chair at the Open Source Initiative, will look critically at those recent developments. He will replace them in historical context, explain the origin and value of the permissionless innovation that we currently all enjoy, and reassert the virtue of software developed in an open collaboration, compared to single-vendor software.


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