News Category: Open Source Practices

Choosing Project Names: 4 Key Considerations

Names set expectations. Your project's name should showcase its functionality in the ecosystem and explain to users what your story is. In the crowded open source software world, it's important not to get entangled with other projects out there. Taking a little extra time now, before sending out...
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GitHub Predicts Hottest 2018 Open Source Trends

According to the GitHub’s announcement of its findings, the company looked at three different types of activity. It identified the top 100 projects that had at least 2,000 contributors in 2016 and experienced the largest increase in contributors in 2017. It also identified the top 100 projects that...
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The Code.mil Open Source Initiative Got a Makeover

The Defense Department launched the Code.mil website on Tuesday, a new, streamlined portal for its similarly named Code.mil initiative, a collaborative approach to meeting the government’s open source policy. The site features a suite of new tools, including checklists that links to offer guidance...
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A Better Marketing Plan for Your Open Source Software Project

Open source software (OSS) marketing today is unique: it’s a process of co-creating and co-executing a marketing plan with an entire community—developers, end users and vendors. This makes it distinctly different than most traditional technology marketing efforts, which generally focuses on...
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Five Noteworthy Open Source Projects

The open-source movement has gained momentum over the last few years. So much so that The Linux Foundation recently formed the LF Networking Fund (LFN) in an effort to place multiple open source networking projects under a single umbrella. These types of projects allow virtually anyone to make...
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M&A ebook
This new ebook covers the open source audit process and highlights important considerations for code compliance, preparation, and documentation.

Open Source Audits in Merger and Acquisition Transactions: Get the Free Ebook

The influence of open source software on every aspect of business has been on the rise for years, and it should come as no surprise that its influence during merger and acquisition (M&A) transactions has grown as well. In particular, open source audits are part of required due diligence in M...
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Open Source Project Trends for 2018

Last year, GitHub brought 24 million people from almost 200 countries together to code better and build bigger. From frameworks to data visualizations across more than 25 million repositories, you were busy in 2017—and the activity is picking up even more this year. With 2018 well underway, we're...
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Who Really Contributes to Open Source

New data debunks several myths around which companies lead in open source contributions. Microsoft has been nipping at the top open source contributor position for years, but a new analysis by Adobe developer Fil Maj puts Microsoft into a whole other universe of contributions. Or, at least, of...
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Red Hat
Red Hat is a testament to the success of open source, but it still benefited from some organization and goal-setting in its community efforts.

Open Source and Standards Team: How Red Hat Measures Open Source Success

Red Hat is a testament to the success of open source, but it still benefited from some organization and goal-setting in its community efforts. “The Open Source and Standards office, or what some would refer to as an open source program office, was established six years ago to create a consistent...
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How to Start an Open Source Program in Your Company

With 65% of companies using open source software, it's not just internet-scale companies that can benefit from formal open source programs. Many internet-scale companies, including Google, Facebook, and Twitter, have established formal open source programs (sometimes referred to as open source...
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