Config Management Camp 2023 Ghent

When Your Open Source Tool Turns to the Dark Side
2023-02-07, 14:00–14:25, D Aud

Imagine waking up one morning to find out that your beloved open source database, which lies at the heart of your system, is being relicensed. What does that mean? Can you still use it as before? Could the new license be infectious and require you to open source your own business logic?

This doom’s day nightmare scenario isn’t hypothetical. It is, in fact, very real, for databases and other OSS, with several examples over the past year alone.

On this talk Horovits will review some of the less known risks of open source, and share his lessons learned from Elasticsearch’s recent relicensing move, as well as other case studies from the past year. If you use OSS, you’ll learn how to safeguard yourself. If you’re in the process of evaluating a new OSS, you’ll learn to look beyond the license and consider additional criteria. If you're debating open-sourcing a project, you'll gain important perspectives to consider.

Horovits lives at the intersection of technology, product and innovation. With over 20 years in the hi-tech industry as a software developer, a solutions architect and a product manager, he brings a wealth of knowledge in cloud computing, big data solutions, DevOps practices and more.
Horovits is an avid advocate of open source software, open standards and communities. Horovits is an advocate of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), an organizer of the CNCF Tel-Aviv meetup group, a podcaster at OpenObservability Talks, and a blogger, among others.
Currently working as the principal developer advocate at, Horovits evangelizes on Observability in IT systems using popular open source projects such as Prometheus, OpenSearch, Jaeger and OpenTelemetry.