We created this experimental infographic about the Open Source Subsidy Program
Since the discussions here primarily focus on existing open-source initiatives, it might be better to give some background information on why I’m proposing this.
One of the main reasons I’m interested in open-source software is because I’m helping companies build proprietary software for almost twenty years. My experience is that companies potentially spend substantial resources developing similar solutions due to the habit of working in silos.
I genuinely believe if we could push companies to build their solutions as open-source and increase reusability in the software industry, we should save/pool resources significantly.
Some figures to support this picture from OpenForum Europe open-source impact study, which currently I’m reading:
- “Taking all employees in the computer programming sector in the EU, slightly more than 0.5% of their time contributes to OSS.”. I translate this as proprietary vs. open-source ratio is ~99% vs. ~1%.
- “The analysis estimates a cost-benefit ratio of [open-source is] above 1:4.” “Overall,
the benefits of Open Source greatly outweigh the costs associated with it. These benefits
relate mainly to openness (including standards and independence) and labour cost savings
rather than to additional revenue generation.”
So, can we create incentives for the companies to develop their, especially non-essential, solutions as open-source by setting up a dedicated subsidy program (e.g., tax breaks) for the private sector?
- Expand the open-source ecosystem and the culture.
- Save resources by increasing the reusability of the solutions.
- Maximize innovation in the software industry.
If you wish, you can find more details here:
Please feel free to let me know what you think! If you wish, I’d also be happy to arrange a call to discuss it in detail.
To be clear, working on these ideas/proposals is mostly an individual effort, next to a full-time job. So, any feedback or assistance is greatly appreciated