What is the difference between Open Source & Enterprise developers? Are they always just one or the other? Why are they different? How does the open source ecosystem work?
This is a conversation that I have quite frequently with folks outside of Developer Relations. What is the difference between Open Source & Enterprise developers? Are they always just one or the other? Why are they different? How does the open source ecosystem work?
What does Open Source mean?
Open source software is made by many people and distributed under an OSD-compliant license which grants all the rights to use, study, change, and share the software in modified and unmodified form. Software freedom is essential to enabling community development of open source software. – opensource.org
Essentially, it’s the idea that developers are expanding or creating functionality that they are openly sharing with other developers at no cost. In most cases, developers are doing this work for free. In some cases, developers are sponsored by fellow developers, organizations or companies.
There are a variety of projects and code-bases that are open source. They’re everywhere. WordPress, being an open source blogging & website platform, makes up over 38.5% of the websites on the internet. Open source is a major part of our software world. Outside of large projects like WordPress, developers are constantly building features, SDKs and code examples to help other developers dive into that functionality themselves.
Open Source vs Enterprise
Developers can be classified as one versus the other, but often times, most developers either use, contribute, or review open source code regularly. It’s very common to find a developer who works in Enterprise, but is heavily involved in the open source space either through their work at the company or through side projects or learning new technologies.