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What Open Source is (and isn’t) and why you should use it?

Open Source software plays a big role in the Java ecosystem (just think Maven, all the libraries in Maven Central, Gradle, OpenJDK, Ant, Ivy, Eclipse, Ant and so on). There is also a periodic “oh sh*t” moment when people deride OSS and declare it unreliable, risky and other things (perhaps the most recent one being the discontinuation of GlassFish by ...

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Why I never blame open source projects

Every now and then I get to read someone’s bad thought towards a given open-source framework. When I started programming Struts web framework was at its prime, everybody loved it. But then, little by little people started blaming it and then hate followed. Then people started blaming Hibernate and recently MongoDB. I’ve even read that “I shouldn’t use MongoDB“. Well, ...

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Oracle GlassFish, or Why You Should Think About Open Source Again

Oracle’s recent announcement about the discontinuation of commercial services for JEE’s reference implementation GlassFish has caused many reactions in the community involved with JEE. The reactions reach from: Markus Eisele’s rather pessimistic outlook on JEE’s future in general Adam Bien’s constructive (or cynical? With Adam Bien, you can never be sure) suggestions of moving GlassFish over to GitHub Tomitribe’s pragmatic ...

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The Economics of Open Source : Seek Free Code. Find Innovation.

In the past, many technologists had to evangelize open source within the enterprise. We had to justify its use, reassure executives about security, ability to support, etc.  Recently,  I believe those tables have turned.  More and more, businesses are asking the question, “Isn’t there an open-source solution for this?”. Not only has open-source been accepted, but its become the preferred ...

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10 Reasons not to Choose a Particular Open Source software

We’re all Software Engineers of one type or another. Most of us have one thing in common, though: We’re lazy. And we know that someone else was less lazy and has already solved that tedious problem that we’re on. So we search for Open Source software. But the problem with Open Source software is: There are millions of options for ...

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How to increase donations to an open source project

Lots of open source projects raise money from their user communities by soliciting donations.  Most open source projects will have the ‘Support’  or ‘Make a Donation’ button on their home page or download page. At Eclipse we have had the Friend of Eclipse program for a number of years to solicit financial support for our community. Earlier this year, we ...

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Why Open Source Software?

I decided to look at something everyone thinks we know well, Open Source Software (OSS)  and see what I discover. The child in me said; “Do it”. The Strange and Not-So-Strange I uncovered No. This is not a high energy physics paper. This is a study on OSS performance.             I scratch my head seeing ...

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Open Source Legal Blues: Do You Comply?

Understanding and Reducing Open Source License Risks In today’s business climate, using Open Source Software (OSS) components as part of the development of new products is imperative.  At the same time, the risks of using OSS improperly are enormous. OSS usage introduces legal, business and technical risks. Legally, failure to comply with OSS licensing requirements may result in penalties and ...

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