Welcome to the business channel on opensource.com. In this channel we plan to explore how the principles of open source are influencing the world of business. I have been working at open source software companies for the past 10 years and have experienced first hand how the open source model... Read more
You bet it is. As we began our quest to build this community site, our first requirement was that it should be a as open source as possible. We went beyond "as possible" and built a site that is completely open source, from the operating system to the social publishing system.
As you might imagine, we went through several site designs before arriving at where we are today. Our user feedback indicated that from our original design, the content was too far down the page. The featured articles were below the fold and there was not enough teaser text to entice our readers.... Read more
Like any ongoing collaborative project, opensource.com will change and evolve over time. Your participation will shape it, improve it, and make it more relevant over time. If you see a way to make opensource. com better, or if there's something that really bothers you, we want to know. This is our... Read more
The project was called Kind of Bloop. An 8-bit tribute to the Miles Davis masterpiece “Kind of Blue”. Yes, the same sound you remember from first-generation Nintendo games. Re-imagining “Kind of Blue” was an idea Andy Baio always dreamed about. Baio is a journalist, programmer, and also the CTO of... Read more
Over the past month or so, I've been having a conversation with Iain Gray, Red Hat Vice President of Customer Engagement, about the ways companies engage with communities.
In comparing traits associated with design thinking collaboration and collaboration in the open source community, there are many parallels: open exchange, broad participation, rapid prototyping. There's also one really interesting contrast: The mindset you tend to see when generating and choosing... Read more
A few weeks ago I wrote a post called Tom Sawyer, whitewashing fences, and building communities online, where I outlined one of the biggest mistakes I see companies make when figuring out their community strategy-- they expect a mythical "community" will paint their fence for them. But not everyone... Read more
I spoke on a panel at GE today with Chris Brogan, author of the book Trust Agents. After hearing Chris talk about building trust in online communities, it hit me that one of the biggest mistakes I've seen people make when trying to build communities online, even in the open source world, is that... Read more