Chip Childers talks about the Cloud Foundry FoundationEnterprise Times caught up with Chip Childers, CTO, Cloud Foundry Foundation at a recent Cloud Foundry event to talk about what the foundation is doing. Childers was unsurprisingly bullish about how Cloud Foundry was expanding and its future.

ET asked Childers about the trust challenge that open source faces. The open source software industry likes to say that open source equates to eyeballs on code and that means better security. Such a view has already proven untrue. Childers accepts this is a problem.

What Childers thinks we should be focused on are those open source projects that are getting material traction, usage and community growth. Enterprise grade open source software is always backed by a vendor. Those vendors have a vested interest in both supporting the underlying community and delivering stable software to their customers.

While many think that the majority of investment in these open source projects comes from the community Childers says otherwise. He told ET that: “Vendors continue to be the biggest contributors to these open source projects. Those vendors need to be compensated for their work.” All of this leads to a virtuous cycle according to Childers.

Chip Childers, CTO, Cloud Foundry Foundation
Chip Childers, CTO, Cloud Foundry Foundation

Childers also talked about platform certification. This has been a talking point across the wider open source community for some time. A couple of years ago the OpenStack Foundation cracked down on certification. It has led to a significant improvement in stability for customers moving between distributions. Cloud Foundry has a longer history of ensuring the stability of the different distributions, something that Childers is rightly proud of.

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