New research has found that the majority of today’s apps are built using open source software (OSS), further demonstrating its importance
According to GitHub’s Octoverse 2022 Report (opens in new tab) As for open source software, 90% of Fortune 100 companies use OSS to some degree, compared to the findings of the company’s first report in 2012, in which companies only used OSS to run their web servers.
This year alone, there are 413 million OSS contributions to GitHub out of the platform’s 94 million users, the company noted.
Open source software in 2022
The report added that commercially supported OSS projects are on the rise, indicating that about a third of Fortune 100 companies now have an open source program office (OSPO) to coordinate their OSS strategies.
Commercially supported projects have proved particularly popular with first-time contributors, who account for about half of their work.
It’s not all good news, though, because the Synopsis Open Source Security and Risk Analysis (OSSRA) report (opens in new tab) for 2022, despite a steady 3% year-over-year decline in vulnerabilities, more than 80% of the codebases analyzed were still found with at least one vulnerability.
The results showed a more promising drop in high-risk vulnerabilities, down 11%.
This may be due in part to lack of maintenance, with 88% of codebases surveyed showing no signs of update in the past 24 months.
According to GitHub VP of Developer Relations, Martin Woodward, who claims OSS is the foundation of 99% of the world’s software, “There are a number of benefits to open source, from providing an environment to work quickly and flexibly, to enabling collaboration from developers around the world.”
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