Stephen Walli


Three Views on Creating Open Source Developer Communities

I recently attended a great little conference about the craft of software development and where it’s going. It was called Monki Gras, and it was run by the fine analysts at Redmonk. It was held in London, UK. Three talks provided...

Work-for-Hire in an Open Source Enabled World

Some time ago, I worked for a consulting services company that assembled solutions for their clients using open source licensed software as the building blocks.  Clients needed education, however, when it came time to understand who...

The Role of FOSS Foundations

There’s an excellent discussion begun over the past few days on the value of foundations in the free and open source software (FOSS) world. It includes people calling into question the Apache Software Foundation’s role, promoting...

Do Lawyers Ignore Copyright Law?

I read an interesting editorial from Glyn Moody the other day on Stephen Kinsella asking the question whether or not copyright or patents were more damaging to innovation and creativity. In the end, Kinsella argues that copyrights...

Software Discipline and Open Source

Good software is developed by good software developers.  It involves a discipline not found in most programmers.  Rigorous version and configuration management, checklists for style and review, “desk” checking reviews before commits,...

Peace and Harmony between FOSS contributors and lawyers

Harmony is an effort that was begun and shepherded by Amanda Brock, the general counsel at Canonical, makers of Ubuntu Linux. The intent was to create a small collection of consistently-worded contribution agreements (both licenses...

Re-inventing SuSE and Three Futures for Mono

Over the past ten days we've seen the rolling announcements out of Attachmate as SuSE gets spun into a separate organization with a return to Germany and Mono employees (along with many other Novell employees) find themselves on the...

The End of the Symbian Foundation

[Caveat Lector: I was one of the consultants Symbian Ltd. called in to help with early planning towards the Symbian Foundation.] It’s been almost six months since the Symbian Foundation announced it was shutting its doors. Nokia...

Red Hat Obfuscation is a Tempest in a Teapot

I encountered another reference in the mainstream analysis to Red Hat “obfuscating” their work on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. This really is a tempest in a teapot.  It makes economic sense for Red Hat to get any true kernel fixes...

Solving the Apple App Store Incompatibility with the GPL

Here’s an idea for all open source legal experts to gnaw on and solve for the community. I saw today that Apple pulled down the VLC media player because of the conflict between the GPL and the Apple App Store terms of service. The...

Of Coffee Houses and Code Communities

Brian Proffitt has a great article on the difference between communities and crowdsourcing and how companies still often get it wrong with respect to their community building by treating them as a group that will get things done. I...

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