Commentary

Of Communes, Contracts, & Codesets

Here’s a bit of personal trivia for all of you: I used to live in an intentional community (that’s the politically correct euphemism for a “commune”). Many times when I talk to people about Open Source software communities, I think about it in terms of living in community. There are...

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The OS Developer’s Pledge to the Community

What is the nature of the relationship between the Developers in an Open Source project and the members of the Community. What sort of obligations exist? To whom does one owe duties and loyalties? Is there — god forbid — some sort of contract implied in the relationship? I did...

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The Blog Train is Leaving the Station

ABC News calls them the People of the Year and, according to the statistics, a new one appears every seven and a half seconds. Who are they? They are The Bloggers. 2004 was the year blogging went mainstream. You mean you don’t have a blog? How is that possible…? I...

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The Open Source Ecosystem

More than half of the large firms in North America are employing Open Source software in some fashion, and another 19% are planning to use it by years’ end, according to Forrester Research. In a new report, entitled “How Firms Should Work With the Open Source Ecosystem”, Forrester Research outlines...

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