supply chain

Supply Chain Case Study: Canonical and Ubuntu

I love talking about supply chain management in an open source software context, especially as it applies to managing collaborative processes between upstream projects and their downstream products. In the article linked above, I called out a couple of examples of supply chain management: an enterprise OpenStack distribution and a container management product utilizing Kubernetes… Continue reading Supply Chain Case Study: Canonical and Ubuntu

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An Open Letter to Docker About Moby

Congratulations, Docker. You've taken the advice of many and gone down the path of Fedora / RHEL. Welcome to the world of upstream/downstream product management, with community participation a core component of supply chain management. You've also unleashed a clever governance hack that cements your container technology as the property of Docker, rather than let… Continue reading An Open Letter to Docker About Moby

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“Every evangelist of yesteryear is now a Community Manager ….”

This post first appeared on Medium. It is reprinted here with permission.  OH: “Every evangelist of yesteryear is now a Community Manager … at least on their biz card.” This statement best captures a question that comes up regularly in the open source community world when you have corporations involved. Does your community manager report to… Continue reading “Every evangelist of yesteryear is now a Community Manager ….”

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Why Project Moby is a Brilliant Move by Docker

On Tuesday, Solomon Hykes, Docker's CTO and co-founder, unleashed the Moby Project on the world. I'll admit I didn't fully grasp its significance at first. This might have something to do with being on vacation in Cape Cod and not being at DockerCon, but I digress. It wasn't until I read this Twitter thread from… Continue reading Why Project Moby is a Brilliant Move by Docker

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How Silicon Valley Ruined Open Source Business

Back in the early days of open source software, we were constantly looking for milestones to indicate how far we had progressed. Major vendor support: check (Oracle and IBM in 1998). An open source IPO: check (Red Hat and VA Linux in 1999). Major trade show: check (LinuxWorld in 1999). And then, of course, a… Continue reading How Silicon Valley Ruined Open Source Business

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Ask Not What Your Community Can Do For You

This post first appeared on Medium. It is reprinted here with permission.  During his inaugural speech on Jan. 20, 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy uttered the challenge, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Its simple meaning was to challenge… Continue reading Ask Not What Your Community Can Do For You

Events, news

Updated: OSEN Meetup in Cambridge, MA 4/25

Update: Red Hat is sponsoring food and drinks, and the CIC is sponsoring meeting space. Our agenda is as follows: 6pm - Introductions, food and drinks 6:30pm - Open Source Business Models, Dave Neary, Red Hat 7pm - From Project to Product, John Mark Walker, Dell EMC and OSEN 7:30pm - Learning from the OpenNebula… Continue reading Updated: OSEN Meetup in Cambridge, MA 4/25