commentary, supply chain

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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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

commentary, products

Dear CIO Mag: 2005 called, wants its article back

I can't believe that journalists still, despite a wealth of resources at their fingertips, continue to get the story completely wrong about building a business on open source software. I've never met Paul Rubens, but he should never be allowed to write on the subject again. Witness his article "How to Make Money From Open… Continue reading Dear CIO Mag: 2005 called, wants its article back