Social networking giant Facebook is no stranger to the world of open-source, after all, Mark Zuckerberg originally built Facebook on top of open-source infrastructure components. During a keynote at the Linux Foundation Collaboration Summit on February 18, James Pearce, Head of Open-Source at Facebook, detailed how Facebook’s open-source efforts have been re-invigorated in recent years with an increasing number of projects and code contributions.
“Open has always beaten closed, being connected has always beaten being isolated and sharing has always trumped secrecy,” Pearce said.
Pearce’s responsibilities at Facebook includes 235 projects that have been open-sourced by the company over the years. All those projects amount to over 10 million lines of code that Facebook has made available as open-source. Many of those 235 projects are available on Github, where Pearce said that Facebook now has over 150,000 followers and 26,000 forks.