Fundamentally, embracing the open source workforce means changing the way businesses think about themselves and their consumers.
April report: Last month was record-breaking for Opensource.com with 629,909 page views and 369,508 unique visits. We published 84 articles including 11 posts during our Open Source in Education week.
Find out how Mozilla utilizes open education resources (OERs) to improve and increase participation in their communities.
When academia and open source collaborate, everybody wins. Open source projects get new contributors, professors get students with more knowledge and perspective about real-world software development, and—most importantly—students can get extra mentorship while gaining hands-on experience in their... Read more
The end result of your efforts will be a gradual increase in the number of like-minded people willing and able to help share the burden of providing help to those who need it. And isn't that community empowerment one of the reasons we all like open source to begin with?
When the National Cancer Institute funded caTissue’s development, it also managed the community, maintaining code, documentation, and forums. When funding was pulled and Krishagni took over, there was considerable uncertainty and turmoil in the community. Some adopters lost confidence and switched... Read more
There is no easy path to building trust between yourself and others. There is no gigantic easy button that you can push and–presto!–everyone trusts everyone else. However, there are always a few things you can to do improve your situation, and I would like to discuss one of them specifically.
Low-quality contributors don't bring much other than noise: they are a net drain on resources because other good contributors have to take time away to support them. Everyone should come to the open source community with a desire to find solutions, and then we can work together. If some need... Read more
March report: Opensource.com had 547,663 page views and 322,326 unique visits in February. Read more about the best articles from February 2015.
Too many of us who work with open source software in our daily lives think of ourselves as users, people who merely take advantage of these tools without considering ourselves as an integral part of the development process. That's right. By working with an open source tool, you're automatically... Read more