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Four types of open source communities

open source communities

Open source software is not only about programming code. There exist a vast amount of different organizational structures that facilitate the development and diffusion of open source software. In this article, I explain the main types of organizations within the open source community.

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Could open source experience land you a job?

Open source experience

It’s that time of year. The weather is warming, summer is upon us, the school year is at its end—and many folks are celebrating graduation from their university. If you’re one of those people, congratulations! Now that you’ve completed your studies, you’re probably looking forward to the next big challenge: choosing a career path.

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Behind the scenes with Bugzilla Project Leader Dave Miller

bug-tracking system

Bugzilla is an open source bug-tracking system that prides itself on offering server software that is free but skillfully designed to help developers manage their work. Their installation list is long and robust. So, how do they manage to not charge expensive licensing fees like most other commercial vendors?

I emailed Dave Miller to find out. He's the Project Leader at Bugzilla and an IT Infrastructure Engineer at Mozilla, where Bugzilla is constantly being put to the test. » Read more

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Open source project management on the rise

Open source project management

Frank Bergmann, founder of ]project-open[, talks with us about the integrated open source software stack. He says maintaining communication is essential, and it entails complete transparency.

The community will quickly punish you if you cheat. This is at the core of open source.

Frank also tells us who his open source hero is. Read on for more insight into how this open company operates.

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Migrating to open source needs a plan

Open source business plan

Perhaps you’ve considered migrating your company to an open source desktop productivity suite? There are a host of good reasons for such a move. The most obvious one that comes to mind is to save on license fees, but don’t be fooled. For the migration process to be a success and the full benefits to be reaped, you must invest in the changeover itself. Don’t believe that because you want to save money long term you should skimp short-term. A look at the City of Freiburg’s attempted migration reveals the dangers of treating the new software as a drop-in replacement.

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ProjectLibre edges in on Microsoft Project dominance

ProjectLibre innovates in the open

ProjectLibre is an open source project management solution ready to give Microsoft Project a run for their money. » Read more

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Open source code and business models: More than just a license

Open source strategy and business models

As an organization or even individual there always seem to be questions when considering whether or not to make your project or code snippet open source. Many times, it starts with trying to figure out which license to use. But there are many other things to consider. We derived a list for you the next time you ask yourself: Should I open source my code? » Read more

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JQooBe platform helps communities manage communication

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JQooBe is a platform that allows users to create simple blogs, websites, and advanced applications within a community. It is developed in PHP, Ajax, and MySQL.

I talked with Federico Pilia, one of the founders of JQooBe, about why this platform is different from other content management systems.

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Impressions from the Open Source Business Conference 2013

Open Source Business Conference 2013

At the Open Source Business Conference 2013, conversations on innovation, disruption, and open source leadership dominated the sessions. The conference chair, Matt Assay, crafted a program where each presentation and conversation reinforced how traditional business strategies are being disrupted by new market dynamics. The dynamics are shifting power away from closed, proprietary corporate leadership towards open collaboration and user-led innovation. The shift is disrupting traditional business strategies, IT operation practices, and market dominance.

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Openness in the workplace changes everything

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I love my job. I don't know a lot of people who can say that, but I really do love my job and I've been thinking about why exactly that is a lot lately.

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