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Businesses Need Clear Policies For FOSS Contributions


When many people think of contributions to free, open source software projects, the immediate image that comes to mind is an individual contributor. However, while it's true that individual contributers have a huge impact on FOSS, it's worth remembering that many of the most meaningful contributions come from businesses. In many cases, FOSS benefits them. However, there are some signs that businesses that do contribute to open source projects need clearer guidelines for how to do so.

Many businesses have a huge impact on FOSS development. As Kristin noted in this post, the Linux kernel, for example, gets huge contributions from enterprises, as reported in a Linux Foundation study...

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