News Category: Open Source Practices

Two Open Source Licensing Questions: The AGPL and Facebook

In many settings, open source licensing today is considered a solved problem. Not only has the Open Source Initiative (OSI) largely contained the long feared issue of license proliferation, the industry has essentially consolidated around a few reasonably well understood models. Copyleft licenses...
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Are Women in Tech Facing Extinction?

We hear a lot about how few women work in tech. The numbers range from 3 percent in open source to 25 percent industry-wide. But frankly, those aren’t the numbers that scare me most. The numbers that scares the hell out me are the ones that underscore how many women are choosing to leave tech. The ...
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4 Tips for Leaders Helping Others Evolve their Careers

In open organizations, we like to say that you own your career. Each one of us is encouraged to find a gap and fill it. In settings like these—and when there's more work to be done than there are hands to do it—it's important to understand your strengths so you can identify where you can be most...
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Open source software isn’t only growing. It’s actually accelerating exponentially in terms of its influence on technology and in society.

New Initiatives to Create Sustainable Open Source Projects at The Linux Foundation

Open source software isn’t only growing. It’s actually accelerating exponentially in terms of its influence on technology and in society. The sheer number of projects and developers in open source today are just amazing. There are: 23 million open source developers worldwide 22 million accounts and...
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​How Companies Can Make the Most From Open Source

At The Linux Foundation's Open Source Summit, Jim Zemlin, executive director of The Linux Foundation, announced new programs to help businesses get the most from open source: Open Source Guides for the Enterprise. Using open-source programs is only the start. Zemlin said that for enterprises to...
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The Secret Sauce To Open Source

“It’s People!” One of the first items discussed when companies start using and leveraging open source is the determination of what, in their IP portfolio, is the unique differentiation between themselves and their competitors. What is, in other words, their “secret sauce.” Companies can then use...
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An Open Source Toolkit for Measuring Project Health

Red Hat's product offerings are all built upon open source projects—they all are derived from one or more upstream, community-based open source projects. Red Hat's product managers need to have a good sense of what is going on in their respective upstream open source projects to enable the product'...
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If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Improve It: CHAOSS Project Creates Tools to Analyze Software Development and Measure Open Source Community Health

Today over 80 percent of the software in any technology product or service is open source. And this trend is growing. According to a recent study by Sonatype, every day the supply of open source across all ecosystems increases by about 1,100 new projects and 10,000 new versions. This raises...
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6 Lessons on Using Technical RFCs as a Management Tool

As an engineering leader, I value trust and believe that individual contributors should be involved in architectural and high-level technical decision making. I consider every line of code to be a decision made on behalf of someone else (including your future self), and having a fast-growing...
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An Open Leader's Guide to Starting Digital Transformation Conversations

Every company is now a technology company. We're employing new digital technologies to gather data, to reach our customers, to manage the demands of a global marketplace, and to work more efficiently. All this work requires some element of disruption. And quite often, disrupting our respective...
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