How do you explain the open source way? |

How do you explain the open source way?

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This open thread is an opportunity for you to tell us how you explain what the open source way is, but without mentioning software or technology.

Many of us in the technology industry have heard the analogy of buying a car with the hold welded shut. Doesn't make sense, right?

When you meet someone new to the open source way, what analogies do you use?

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Jason Hibbets
Jason Hibbets - Jason Hibbets is a senior community evangelist in Corporate Marketing at Red Hat where he is a community manager for He has been with Red Hat since 2003 and is the author of The foundation for an open source city. Prior roles include senior marketing specialist, project manager, Red Hat Knowledgebase maintainer, and support engineer. Follow him on Twitter: @jhibbets