Looking forward to this year’s Rookies and looking back at Rookies past
This time of year is one of great anticipation at Black Duck. We are eagerly anticipating a very special delivery. A crew of helpers is busy putting together a list. It will be thoroughly checked and even checked twice. I wouldn’t say any on this list are naughty – in fact, most are pretty good. But we’re looking for the ones that are really really nice.
I’m speaking, of course, about the candidate list for the Black Duck 2016 Open Source Rookies. Each year, we review the open source projects started during the last 12 months and recognize those that stand out because of their mission, community growth, and market impact. A lot of great software is being built using Open Source, as was demonstrated by the 2015 Open Source Rookie Class, and we’re looking forward to our review of this year’s candidates.
You Can’t Win if You Don’t Enter
I’ve previously written about how we select the Open Source Rookies so I won’t go in to detail about it here. Suffice to say that it’s a thorough process that starts when we pull data from our open source project database, OpenHub. OpenHub allows open source project contributors and teams to aggregate data about their projects and communities. While this is not the only data source we use, the information in it helps us get a more complete picture of what’s happening with each project.
Here’s where you come in. Remember that Christmas when you didn’t write to Santa and instead of getting that cool new video game you got socks? This is kind of like that. If you participate in or know of a new open source project that deserves a place in the 2016 Open Source Rookies, it will significantly improve the project’s chances of being selected if it has been registered in OpenHub by December 15th.
A Look Back at Prior Rookies
This will be the 9th year for Open Source Rookies and a quick look back shows you just how ambitious open source projects are, and how mainstream they have become. Of course, we’d like to think that these projects were helped, at least a little, by having been recognized as Back Duck Open Source Rookies.
Hashicorp Vault – Class of 2015
Rising Star with Open Source in its DNA
We recognized Hashicorp last year for the launch of Vault, a framework for securely storing, accessing, and managing secrets across an enterprise, but most people probably know them as the team behind the popular development environment management solution, Vagrant. 2016 has been a good year for Hashicorp, who in September announced a $24 million series B funding round led by GCV Capital and Mayfield fund. We’ll be watching for more news from them in 2017.
Kubernetes – Class of 2014
Container Orchestration at Scale
Google has been using containers for years to develop its current scale of technologies. At the summer 2014 DockerCon, the Internet giant open sourced a container management tool, Kubernetes, that was developed specifically to meet the needs of the exponentially growing Docker ecosystem. Since then use and development of Kubernetes has flourished and it has become the one of the most widely adopted orchestration solutions for management of large scale container-based deployments.
Docker – Class of 2013
Has raised over $180M in venture funding
Docker was a clear stand-out for us back in 2013. Few projects outside the highly corporate-sponsored arena garner the level of excitement and attention that Docker did. While Docker was started by a small, commercial firm previously known as dotCloud, it quickly caused industry heavy hitters like RedHat and Google to take notice. Docker has revolutionized the way teams build scalable applications for the cloud. Since launch, Docker has raised an impressive $180M in venture funding. Many expect them to reach unicorn status if they go public.
Ansible – Class of 2012
Acquired by Red Hat in October 2015
Managing a large number of servers on site or in the cloud can be a complex, time-consuming task, but Michael DeHaan, founder of Ansible, didn’t think it had to be that way.
“System managers shouldn’t have to worry about lots of complicated syntax,” he said. With a simpler approach to system orchestration, part-time sys-admins can do what they need to do, getting in and out quickly. Apparently Red Hat agreed and acquired Ansible in October of 2015.
Bootstrap – Class of 2011
Ubiquitous toolkit for responsive websites
Do you remember the dark days when most websites were designed and built to look great on a desktop monitor, but many of them were practically unusable if viewed on the small screen of a tablet or mobile phone? Mobile visitors now account for the majority of traffic on many websites so it’s important that your website be “responsive,” adapting to the different screen sizes while remaining usable and engaging. Bootstrap, a toolkit originated by Twitter, has become the foundation of many responsive websites, with base CSS and HTML for typography, forms, buttons, tables, grids, navigation and more.
NuGet – Class of 2011
Universal package manager for .NET development
NuGet is a free, open source developer-focused package management system for the .NET platform designed to simplify the process of incorporating third party libraries into a .NET application during development. Originally developed by developers from Microsoft and the .NET Foundation, it should come as no surprise that it has become a standard component of the development platform in many Windows-based software development environments.NuGet is now pre-installed as part of current versions of Microsoft Visual Studio.
OpenStack – Class of 2010
Orchestration Framework for the World’s Largest Clouds
Originally developed as a collaboration between RackSpace Hosting and NASA, OpenStack is an open source, open standards platform for large scale cloud computing. Since 2010, OpenStack has grown tremendously and gained active support from over 500 companies, including industry giants like Oracle, HP, and Cisco. Many of the world’s largest clouds are build using OpenStack. If you use any cloud-based applications or services, it’s almost certain that some of them are running on OpenStack.
By any measure, that’s a pretty impressive list. Are there any projects launching this year that will have a similar impact on the software development industry? History suggests yes, and maybe it’s a project you are working on? If so, make sure it gets noticed by registering it on OpenHub. Maybe you too can join this illustrious group of Rookies turned All Stars!