Open Source Software and PaaS: Crisis and Adaptation

…if you don’t run your own software, you don’t improve it and you don’t contribute those improvements back to the project. The cycle of reciprocity is broken and the economics of open source no longer work.

Cloud providers have as many as 1,000,000 customers which means that the scale of reduction in the number of companies directly funding open source software is enormous. I’m not saying it is 1,000,000:1 but it is certainly several orders of magnitude. Several zeros at minimum.

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