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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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Key Success Factors for Open Source Strategies

Last week at EclipseCon Europe, John Swainson gave a keynote address that reflected on IBM’s decision to start Eclipse as an open source project and consortium. During his speech, John identified 5 key things IBM thought they needed to be successful. These success factors are still relevant today for any company interested in an open source strategy, so I think ...

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Open Source Culture and Ideals

Watching the commercial software industry frenetically trying to make process work occasionally feels similar to watching tragicomedy. This constant struggle of trying to force their feet into these tailor-made development processes left and right: agile, lean, scrum, kanban, even waterfall, whatever, just because some manager or “tech-lead” read a blog post. The Emperor’s New Groove, eh? It can be a ...

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Diversity in Open Source Projects

I’ve been talking a lot about diversity lately. There are, of course, different kinds of diversity; but when I talk about diversity, I tend to mean diversity in the organizations contributing to an open source project: multiple organizations from different parts of the industry working together. Doug tweeted recently on the topic: Why do you need diverse projects? So when ...

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