Managing collaborative open source projects
How an open source project is governed can matter just as much as the features it supports, the speed at which it runs, or the code that underlies it. Some open source projects have what we might call a "benevolent dictator for life." Others are outgrowths of corporate projects that, while open,... Read more
4 comments Posted 10 Apr 2014 by Jason Baker (Red Hat) Feed
In his recent post, Glyn Moody asks an important question: "Can open source be democratic?" He describes how free software emerged as a distributed, bottom-up system of writing code. The central defining aspects of that culture are a uniquely open process not just of programming but also of its... Read more
5 comments Posted 10 Sep 2012 by Mirko Boehm Feed
Governance, control, and how to actually influence an open source project
A lot of groups fret about the governance and control of open source projects. Others tout their open, diversified, wide-ranging, and independent foundations as making them superior. People--and  companies--tend to be worried about making sure that they retain some type of influence over the future... Read more
0 comments Posted 7 Oct 2011 by David Nalley Feed
Governance is the word for open source in 2011. Governance breaks down to two topics, structures and process. The same elements that make for a stable democratic system also make for good open source governance. This doesn't mean you need a balance of powers, or a judicial branch. It means you need... Read more
0 comments Posted 21 Feb 2011 by Dana Blankenhorn Feed