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Black Duck Software 2018 Predictions: What's in Store for Open Source in 2018?

VMblog Predictions 2018

Industry executives and experts share their predictions for 2018.  Read them in this 10th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Patrick Carey, Vice President, Product Marketing, Black Duck Software

What's in Store for Open Source in 2018?

Everyone uses open source. It's now found in around 95% of applications, a figure likely to edge closer to 100% by the end of 2018. Polishing up my crystal ball, here are some events around open source that I wouldn't be surprised to see in the coming year.

Machine Learning use will increase exponentially, powered by open source projects like Black Duck Open Source Rookie Award winner, Amazon DSSTNE (pronounced "Destiny")

"If you want your project to grow, making the code open source will ensure its development," says Amazon as it gives away DSSTNE, an open source machine learning framework, developed initially to power its product recommendation systems. Because of frameworks like this being released as open source, organizations will continually find more use for machine learning, from analyzing network traffic for malicious code and actors, to improved diagnostics in medicine.

More Open Source "Unicorns" in 2018. A fairly easy prediction, given that open source unicorns MongoDB and Cloudera IPO'd this year, although Cloudera isn't the unicorn it once was. However, I'll go out on a limb and guess that a unique open source unicorn will be born, based on technology made available through US government code repository:

With the mandate that all government agencies, from the Department of Defense to the Food & Drug Administration, release at least 20% of their custom code to the public, I'm betting we'll see the launch of a non-government-affiliated open source "unicorn" from technology made available through this initiative.

Rise of the Drones as they become an essential part of natural disaster relief efforts. The drone community has been sharing its code on the web for all to use, share, and improve. Sites like,,, and GitHub all host professional open source autopilot solutions. The increased use of open source code in these unmanned aerial vehicles can potentially aid those who have been affected in a natural disaster. Medical kits, provisions (up to 5 lbs. in drones such as those planned for Amazon Prime Air), and information can all be safely transported to those in need without risking first responders' safety in hazardous conditions.


About the Author

Patrick Carey 

Patrick Carey is VP of Product Marketing for Black Duck where he is laser focused on bringing solutions to market that help our customers eliminate the pain related to securing and managing open source software.

Published Thursday, November 30, 2017 8:04 AM by David Marshall
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