By 2020, the Open Systems Alliance plans to have a $300 million grant to help create open source solutions for software developers.
It will focus on developers who want to take their software to market but aren’t using open source or who aren’t sure how to build their software using open systems.
“Open systems are the way to go,” says Bill Osterholm, chief executive officer of the Open Source Initiative, an organization that advocates for open source software.
“We have to build open systems, because that’s the way we get the greatest benefit.”
Osterholm says that the Open Technology Fund will focus more on technical development, with funding for developers to develop open source components, such as open source libraries.
The Open Systems Fund also aims to support open source development by providing training for developers, and by providing technical support.
But it will also provide technical support to open source developers in the public sector and the private sector, and provide technical guidance to companies that want to make use of open source technology, Osterhammer says.
In an effort to get more open source code into the hands of developers, Open Systems has teamed up with the Association for Open Source Software, an umbrella organization of open software developers that includes major companies such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Mozilla.
The Open Systems Association also is the nonprofit organization behind the open source community website Code.org.
Open Systems wants to encourage more developers to use open source and encourage open source companies to invest in open source, but Osterhamm says that there are limits to the success of open systems because of the cost involved.
Osterhoff says that open source is still expensive to build, maintain, and distribute, and the effort will depend on how many developers are interested in contributing to open systems and how many are interested.