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Builder.com: Three Top Tips for Surviving Open Source Projects

Jan 30, 2003, 04:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Patrick Andrews)

"If its market penetration continues to grow, the open source software movement promises to narrow the gap between the computer industry and computer science. As larger companies such as IBM and Sun continue with open source initiatives, more and more smaller companies may follow suit and attempt to exploit the financial savings promised by this increasingly popular software development model.

"If your definition of open source encompasses the public release of source code by a commercial organization for others to use or enhance as they see fit, then current software development practices need not be greatly affected.

"Many well-known open source projects operate on a different model where software is developed through a collaborative project driven by volunteers working as part of a loose consortium. This collaborative model presents a range of unusual challenges for even a seasoned IT project manager. Here are some tips on meeting the challenge..."

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