Open source software shapes the everyday life of many people – mostly without them knowing it. The Internet as you know it and use daily would not work without open source software, neither would most smartphones. However, nowadays, most large companies employ open source software deliberately. This was the result of a survey of more than 800 companies in Germany, with 100 or more employees, commissioned by the digital association Bitkom with the support of nine partners. The key findings are summarized in this “Open Source Monitor 2019“. This monitor gives first insights into the extent of application of open source in Germany and to what extent companies participate in the development of open source.
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