Use of Open Source Software Increased Significantly in 2023


Databases and data technologies make up the main area of open source investment.

According to the 2024 State of Open Source Report, 95% of organizations increased or maintained their use of open source software during the past year, and 33% said their open source use increased significantly.

This year’s report from OpenLogic – in collaboration with the Open Source Initiative (OSI) and The Eclipse Foundation – highlights trends related to the use of open source software, including why organizations choose open source, what challenges they face, and which technologies are most widely used.

The top reasons to use open source, according to the report, are:

  • No license cost/overall cost reduction: 36.64%
  • Functionality to improve development velocity: 30.71%
  • Stable technology with community long-term support: 27.64%
  • Access to innovations and latest technologies: 26.86%
  • Reduce vendor lock-in: 21.29%

The main areas of open source investment include:

  • Databases and data technologies: 35.00%
  • Cloud and container technologies: 31.64%
  • Programming languages and frameworks: 31.50%
  • Operating systems: 28.64%
  • DevOps/GitOps/DevSecOps tooling: 26.93%

This year, the survey added a question about open source security tools, with interesting results. According to the report, “27% of respondents selected “I don’t know” when asked which open source security tools they were using in their organization.”

The top open source security tools that were cited by respondents include:

  • NMAP: 19.35%
  • OWASP Dependency-Track: 10.46%
  • PfSense: 10.37%
  • Dependabot: 10.19%
  • Maven version plugin: 9.54%

Learn more and download the free report from OpenLogic.



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