Now, innovation markets and innovation contests are powerful, but there are other approaches which also can use the digital space to open up the field of opportunity for innovation and one of them works with open source communities.
The idea of communities of practice with people who share common interests and who work together to try and solve common problems to innovate together is a very old established one, but digital technology enables a massive expansion of this.
We can see it in a number of spaces if we look at our computers, and smartphones, basically, it’s running on software called Linux, or you may encounter GitHub while surfing on the net.
What are the top 5 open source communities? Well, in our opinion the top 5 open source communities are GitHub, Steemit, OpenStack, Linux, and Discourse considering their popularity. So, before further ado, let’s start with the first one
Well, GitHub is a platform that helps people solve problems by building software together. It is used by almost 85 million people around the world. If you encounter a problem and open an issue on GitHub, issues are discussion threads where people can report bugs, request features, or even just ask questions.
Maybe you’re not the only person encountering the same issue around the world, many people can help you by creating a branch of the code, an alternate timeline where you can safely make changes to the software. Whether you’re an engineer, a code enthusiast, or a regular person, you can find answers on GitHub.
Basically, Steemit is a blogging social networking website that pays its users for creating good content but the special thing about Steemit is that it’s built on blockchain technology, and it’s an open source with over 1 million users.
OpenStack is an open-source platform and a collection of software modules, called projects, that work together to create and manage cloud infrastructures. Installing OpenStack on top of a virtualized environment forms a cloud operating system and broadens the pool of computing resources available for things like application hosting or big data tasks.
Linux isn’t a large corporation, it’s a community and open-source community of programmers who for decades have written and shared an improved innovated around the software. It is basically built around a common interest in cars or hobbyists who want to design and make them work better in all sorts of different ways.
Discourse is one of the best free and open source forum software. If you’re hosting a huge community, a small club, or creating and closed website, Discourse will work great. For example; Mozilla Firefox and Ubuntu use Discourse forms because overall, it’s just feature-rich, and simple to configure the setup.