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Are Freeloaders Helpful or Hurtful to Open Source Communities?

Freeloaders: helpful or hurtful? Concerns are raised every once in a while in the broader free and open source software community about freeloaders. The attitude expressed is that if you're getting the benefit of FOSS, you should contribute. Building a business on a FOSS project you don't own, whether you're...

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Learning to Program, the Open Source Way

Kushal Das thinks he knows what you're doing this summer: joining him and his team of volunteers in free, online programming classes, where you'll learn more than just how to code. In Kushal's hands, you'll also receive a crash course in the open source way. read more...

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Make it Easy to Contribute by Making the Software Easy to Test

Question: How do you get more developers to contribute to a free and open source software project? Contribution is the lifeblood of a FOSS community  Without contributions the community can’t grow beyond the initial project founders. People don’t just show up ready to work. They very likely start as users,...

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Four Types of Open Source Communities

Open source software is not only about programming code. There exists a vast amount of different organizational structures that facilitate the development and diffusion of open source software. In this article, I explain the main types of organizations within the open source community. read more...

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Fixing the Patent System: Government and Industry Push for Reform

In the US it’s estimated that lawsuits from patent assertion entities, commonly called patent trolls, have cost the US economy some $300 billion in lost wealth, causing far-reaching repercussions in terms of missed opportunities from companies scared of possible legal exposure. Many in Washington, Silicon Valley, and elsewhere have been...

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