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There is No Open Source Community

  In January, 2006, I published this article on O'Reilly's OnLAMP.com site, which was recently shut down. I've always been proud of this essay, because I think I got a lot right.  I'm republishing it now in the hopes that it will continue to educate others - and perhaps  allow others to critically evaluate where… Continue reading There is No Open Source Community

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Open Source and SaaS

Now that I work in an engineering environment tailored for SaaS development, I've developed a better understanding of the challenges they face when open sourcing their code. I wrote it up for OpenSource.com in a 2-part article, "How to decide whether to open source your SaaS solution." Some tidbits: The decision to open source code… Continue reading Open Source and SaaS

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TechRepublic: Open Source and Corporate Funding

I have more to say about this. See the original article on TechRepublic. Basic argument goes like this, "individual developers working in their mom's basement no longer drive open source development! Now it's all about the corporate $$$$." My initial thought is "duh". I've always felt that the narrative about a decentralized army creating amazing… Continue reading TechRepublic: Open Source and Corporate Funding

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Is Open Source More Risky?

There's been a long-running debate over open source and security, and it goes something like this: Pro: Open source is awesome! Given enough eyes, all bugs are shallow. This is why open source software is inherently more secure. Con: Hackers can see the code! They'll look at the source code and find ways to exploit… Continue reading Is Open Source More Risky?

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It’s the Ecosystem, Stupid

I published a bit over at OpenSource.com. Read the full article here. It's a plea to look externally and figure out how your technology relates to all that's happening in the greater ecosystem. There are still way too many companies who suffer from NIH and end up saddled with way too much technical debt. Don't… Continue reading It’s the Ecosystem, Stupid

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Avoiding Unnecessary Risk – Rules for CEO’s

Found an interesting article at "The C Suite" on the topic "CEO’s ignorance of open source software use places their business at risk". While some of the article is a bit "FUDdy" - the author works for a company that sells risk management and mitigation, so there's a greatest hits of open source vulnerabilities -… Continue reading Avoiding Unnecessary Risk – Rules for CEO’s