The 10 Coolest Open-Source Software Tools Of 2022

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Rick Whiting

High-performance data management and analytics tools, software for managing APIs and Kubernetes containers, and application development and machine learning platforms: Here’s a look at the open-source software—both new and tried-and-true—that caught our attention in 2022.

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Open-source software tools are increasing in popularity because of the multiple advantages they provide including lower up-front software and hardware costs, lower total cost of ownership, lack of vendor lock-in, simpler license management and support from active communities.

Ongoing migration to cloud systems and digital transformation initiatives are also key drivers for open-source software adoption.

Some open-source software products, including the Linux operating system and Kubernetes container platform, are so widely used they are practically household names. But there is a wide variety of innovative open-source software available for just about anything in application development, data management and analytics, business applications, audio and visual content creation, AI and machine learning, cybersecurity, email, browsers and more.

Here’s a look at 10 cool open-source software tools that caught our attention this year. Some of these tools are new, launched in recent years—even in 2022—while others have been around for some time and make our list because of their momentum.



 Learn About Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting

Rick Whiting has been with CRN since 2006 and is currently a feature/special projects editor. Whiting manages a number of CRN’s signature annual editorial projects including Channel Chiefs, Partner Program Guide, Big Data 100, Emerging Vendors, Tech Innovators and Products of the Year. He also covers the Big Data beat for CRN. He can be reached at [email protected].

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