Marketers, Open Source is Different

As an open source community manager, I am often asked about the best way to market solutions to open source communities. For example, many open source projects have ecosystem solutions built specifically for the open source solution...

It's All About the Platform Now

Robert Fabricant's article, The New Political Platforms (http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/158/smartphones-iphone-android) in the September edition of Fast Company is certainly an excellent read. He compares the current platform...

Open Source Support Reward Mechanisms

In the last few weeks I have participated in several meetings on the topic of adding a reward system to community forums. As an example, some online forums give people points for answering questions and as the user obtains more...

Can you be open source and not open source?

Most people think of open source projects having the following features in common:•    Source Code AccessOf course, there may be other items that are commonly considered features, however, I want to focus on the second bullet;...

OSCON Interview with Tiki.org

Interview with the Tiki.org open source project at OSCON 2011:

The Garden and the Horse Race

The concept of this blog post come from some recent discussions I have had about open source communities but the concepts of the garden and horse race are from another who has the amazing skill to craft analogies that put my thinking...

Open Source Contributors - The Days of Volunteers is Over

Matthew Aslett at the 451 group posts an interesting article on the breakdown of contributions to the Eclipse project based on looking at 22 random sub-projects. His article focuses on the way that many open source communities, such...

Developer Transitions from Corporate to Open Source

The expansion of the open source development model to companies who are just starting to submit code and take part in communities is leading to an interesting problem for their developers. How do they transition from a corporate...

Great Collection of Open Source Documentation

I came across an interesting post on Linux.com this week from OStatic about a great document repository site for open source projects, FLOSS Manuals. I checked out the site and came across an amazing number of manuals in multiple...

Buying a Linux Machine - Where to Shop?

I am thinking of purchasing a new Linux machine, probably a desktop or laptop, and wanted to share the process of searching for a machine. My first thought was to simply visit Dell, HP and other standard manufacturers however I...

Virtualization Industry Shakeup

Attempting to be a reporter today... Simon Crosby, previously the CTO of Citrix System announced today that himself, Ian Pratt, previously VP of Engineering of Citrix Systems and Chairman of Xen.org, and Gaurav Banga, creator of...

Xen Hypervisor Goes Mainstream

Last week, the Xen.org community announced a significant milestone in the world of Linux virtualization with the news that open source Xen code for Dom0 was accepted into the Linux mainline kernel. The complete announcement is at...

Linux Kernel Moves to 3.0 For No Reason

This past Monday Linus Torvalds released the first release candidate (-rc) of the next kernel series, which was expected to be 2.6.40, but instead renamed it to Linux 3.0 kernel. From Linus’ commit statement...

The Future of Software is in Data

Thanks to a fellow colleague at work I had the chance to read a great blog post from Stephen O’Grady at http://redmonk.com/sogrady/2011/05/24/the-age-of-data/, Welcome to the Age of Data: My OSBC Talk. The basic overview of this post...

Open Source - Phone Home, Phone Home

I am often asked to determine the total number of open source deployments of a given open source product. This turns out to be a challenging problem as most open source solutions are available by download directly or indirectly from...

Alas Poor Skype, I Knew You Well

With the announcement that Microsoft is buying Skype, I thought I would help promote an alternative solution from the GNU team, GNU Free Call. From the GNU site:http://www.gnutelephony.org/index.php/GNU_Free_Call_Announcement, and...

Turning Sharks into Minnows

I came across an interesting blog post at The Daily Flux titled “Why I still don’t contribute to open source.” The author lists several reasons as to why he is not an active contributor to open source projects:•    No certification...

Open Source is Expensive

This week’s blog post relates to an area we often dismiss with open source software, money. In fact, the most common thought on money and open source is “hey, it’s free and works.” The reality is of course more complicated and I...

The Sky is Clear

I'm exhausted. Trying to keep up with all the recent announcements on cloud computing and open source is becoming a full time job. In just the past week we had two announcements from Facebook with Open Compute and VMware with Cloud...

Facebook Goes Open Source

Yesterday afternoon, Facebook announced new initiative, Open Compute, a open specification for server and data center hardware to support modern computing demands in a more efficient and less expensive manner than is commonly used. ...

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