World of Open Source: Europe Spotlight 2023

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Following the success of our 2022 report, Linux Foundation Research ran a second annual research project on the state of open source in Europe. This report covers a range of open source trends, opportunities, and concerns in Europe and provides data-backed conclusions to help the ecosystem unlock even greater value from open source. It also incorporates a year-over-year comparison with 2022 findings to better understand the directional shifts in this ecosystem.

Data was collected from the worldwide survey launched earlier this year, as well as interviews with stakeholders working in the European open source community. Findings indicate that the value of open source has increased over the last year, with open source considered to be vital to the future of industry sectors, particularly in generative AI. However, there is progress to be made in contributions, public sector perceptions, and SBOMs. 

Read more about these findings and the challenges and opportunities for the region in the full report.


  • Colin Eberhardt, Graham Odds, Matthew Dunderdale (Scott Logic)
  • Foreword by Gabriele Columbro, General Manager, Linux Foundation Europe

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