News Category: Open Source Practices


Open source guides
This free guide can help you increase your development team’s efficacy through and with open source contributions.

Practical Ways to Improve Your Open Source Development Impact

Open source programs are sparking innovation at organizations of all types, and if your program is up and running, you may have arrived at the point where maximizing the impact of your development is essential to continued success. Many open source program managers are now required to demonstrate...
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What's the Difference Between a Fork and Clone?

The concept of forking a project has existed for decades in free and open source software. To "fork" means to take a copy of the project, rename it, and start a new project and community around the copy. Those who fork a project rarely, if ever, contribute to the parent project again. It's the...
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OpenChain aims to make open source compliance more predictable, understandable, and efficient for all participants in the software supply chain.

The OpenChain Project: From A to Community

Communities form in open source all the time to address challenges. The majority of these communities are based around code, but others cover topics as diverse as design or governance. The OpenChain Project is a great example of the latter. What began three years ago as a conversation about...
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OS Guides
Launching a project and then rallying community support can be complicated, but that's where the new guide to Starting an Open Source Project comes in.

Launching an Open Source Project: A Free Guide

Increasingly, as open source programs become more pervasive at organizations of all sizes, tech and DevOps workers are choosing to or being asked to launch their own open source projects. From Google to Netflix to Facebook, companies are also releasing their open source creations to the community....
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2017: A Year of Highs and Lows for Linux and Open Source

Jack Wallen takes a look into the wayback machine to view some of the highlights open source and Linux enjoyed throughout 2017. Ah, 2017, it was a good year for Linux—one that continued the solidification of the open source platform on so many levels. From the consumer mobile space to...
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4 Ways to Engage Your Organization's Various Stakeholders

I've spent most of my professional life helping organizations be more open to their stakeholders. I'm a partner in a consulting company in Chile, whose typical customer is a for-profit organization wishing to develop some kind of public works project (for example, an electricity generation station...
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​'Big Four' Linux Companies Shift Open-Source Licensing Policies

Red Hat, Facebook, Google, and IBM commit to providing a fair cure period to correct open-source GPLv2 software license compliance issues.' The GNU Public License version 2 (GPLv2) is arguably the most important open-source license for one reason: It's the license Linux uses. On November 27, three...
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Zach Dupont
Zachary Dupont wrote a letter to his hero Linus Torvalds back in 2014. Here, they catch up on stage at Open Source Summit NA 2017.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Open Source

The Linux Foundation works through our projects, training and certification programs, events and more to bring people of all backgrounds into open source. We meet a lot of people, but find the drive and enthusiasm of some of our youngest community members to be especially infectious. In the past...
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The Advantages of Open Source Tools

What is open source? How does open source benefit users? And how do we support open source initiatives? In this article, Kayla Matthews introduces the basics of open source as well as the importance and value of open source tools. Open source software, applications, and projects are becoming...
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OS Summit
The Open Source Summit North America evening reception was held at iconic Paramount Studios in Hollywood, where attendees enjoyed a behind-the-scenes studio tour featuring authentic movie props and costumes.

Top 10 Moments in 2017 Linux Foundation Events

See the Top 10 moments of 2017 Linux Foundation events, including a conversation with Linus Torvalds, a video created by actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt through his colloborative production company, the Diversity Empowerment Summit, and Auto Grade Linux in the new Toyota Camry. And, you can look forward...
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