Open Source: It’s Everywhere with Chris Aniszczyk


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These days, open source has become pervasive across every aspect of our lives. From your refrigerator to your TV to your phone, almost everything you’re using incorporates some aspect of open source software. Today we welcome Chris Aniszczyk to the show. Chris is an open source technologist with a passion for building a better world through open collaboration. He's currently a CTO at the Linux Foundation where he focuses on developer relations and running the Open Container Initiative and the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. He’s also a partner at Capital Factory, where he focuses on mentoring, advising, and investing in open source and infrastructure focused startups. Chris’s CV also includes creating Twitter’s open source program and serving on the Eclipse Foundation Board. Today we discuss how open source became as pervasive as it is today and how it has changed over time. We talk about which types of companies or areas open source has not yet permeated and why, as well as the vast benefits of open source program offices. To hear more about the value of open source and the importance of keeping the ‘open’ in ‘open source’, tune in today!

Key Points From This Episode:

  • An introduction to today’s guest Open Source Technologist Chris Aniszczyk.
  • Insight into how pervasive open source is in software today.
  • How Chris first became interested in open source.
  • Thoughts on how the definition of open source has changed over time.
  • Why a vendor or a company may choose to not go with open source.
  • The example of Netflix and how it uses open source to its benefit.
  • Areas that open source hasn’t penetrated and the barriers to them.
  • Insight into what an open source program office (OSPO) does.
  • The growth of open source programs in companies.
  • How OSPOs are making a difference in adoptions and software contributions.
  • The role of OSPOs as impactful strategic players in business.
  • How we can keep the ‘open’ in ‘open source’.
  • How people or corporates could be more involved in or attuned to open source.

Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:

Chris Aniszczyk

Chris Aniszczyk on Twitter

Linux Foundation

Open Container Initiative

Cloud Native Computing Foundation

Capital Factory

Twitter Open Source

Eclipse Foundation






Open 3D Foundation

Alan Clark

SUSE & Rancher Community

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