Preserving free and open source software is one of the most important efforts of our time. As the infrastructure of our digital lives, free and open source software today encompasses billions of source files and millions of projects.
It also represents an economic engine, our global culture and unique history. Layer upon layer of code is built to run some of the world’s most important computing systems. When we lose or misplace code, we risk it bringing down other systems and disrupting the economy. And as a representation of our history, code offers future generations a glimpse into their history and can inform important social, economic and cultural decisions.
This is why we’re announcing our support for Software Heritage, a nonprofit organization aimed at collecting, organizing, preserving and sharing all publicly available open source code form, along with the corresponding development history (where available). The Software Heritage archive already contains about 5 billion unique source code files and 900 million commits, retrieved from more than 80 million software projects. This nonprofit, neutral repository for free and open source code has never been more relevant or important.
Software is the infrastructure that supports the world in which we live, from the cars we drive to the homes we live in and the way we communicate and conduct business. Inherent in this global, massive code base are technical components that can unlock scientific discovery, industrial progress and cultural change. Our work at FOSSID supports this massive revolution with the world’s largest database for code scanning. Our support for the Software Heritage is a natural move in our commitment to protect and preserve today’s most valuable, shared technologies.