Here at opensource.com, we aspire to take principles the open source software movement has applied to building better software faster and find more uses for them in business, education, government, the law, and generally in our lives.
So a few weeks back, I was excited to see that BusinessWeek (now Bloomberg BusinessWeek) ran a special report called Eye on: Open Source that also embraced the wider usage of open source principles in technology and beyond.
My personal opinion? I think a few of the articles in the special report confuse true community-driven open source innovation with concepts like user-driven product design, crowdsourcing, and design competitions. But it was still neat to see BusinessWeek recognize the applicability of open source principles beyond software.
In case you missed it when it first came out, I thought I'd provide a set of links to the articles appearing in the special section, including one by Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst.
Things to think about when embracing open design principles.
A slideshow with examples of products consumers can design for themselves.
How Unilever launched a new product using crowdsourcing.
Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst calling for more openness in automobile design.
Design competitions at Mozilla.
Exposes two big issues that stop companies from being successful with open innovation initiatives: how to collaborate and give up control.
What did you think of the articles? If you have any thoughts or comments, please add them below.