Today Open-source software makes a meteoric rise in software industry. Open-source software(OSS) is computer software(SW) with its source code made available with a license in which the copyright holder provides the rights to study, change, and distribute the software to anyone and for any purpose. The representative OSSs are Linux, GNU, Apache, Firefox, MySQL, Python/PHP/Perl and Eclipse tool, etc.
In Korea, 2016 OSS market size is estimated to be around 67,400 million won and it will increase by averagely 12.3% from 2013 to 2018 and will reach approximately 82,000 million won. In case of public sector, open-SW becomes one of standard platforms and its use is being increased. Especially Korean government plans to expand the application rate of open-SW by 50 percent.
▲ Reference: IDC(2014)
Recently new SW industry field as Cloud, Big Data, and IoT(Internet of Things) increases using open-source and expands the range. On Cloud, open-stack platforms as Redhat, HP, Dell, Cisco, etc., participated in more 150 companies, widen their influence and domestic major companies as SK Telecom, Daum Kakao, KBS, LG CNS, KT institute the platforms. On Big Data, there are Hadoop, Splunk, etc. and presently Spark is rising. It quickly processes the machine learning and is easier coding and faster analysis than Hadoop.
Globally introduction and application of open-source are increasingly grown and there is a lot of competition in the worldwide market. However, domestic environment is a fragile situation except some major companies such as Samsung and LG. Therefore to vitalize open-source industry, we need to expend investment for OSS companies and discover the business model and enhance the education besides support for OSS community.
[Reference] SPRI(Software Policy & Research Institute) http://spri.kr/post/9046
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