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The Inquirer: Engaging with the Open Source Community (Part Two)

Jun 30, 2003, 23:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert Munro, James Negrette, Andrew Aitken)

"Deciding how to engage with an Open Source community requires understanding the needs of your organization, the spectrum of possible engagement levels, your desired degree of influence and long-term outcomes, and how a position on that spectrum of engagement matches your enterprise resources and objectives. All points along the engagement spectrum allow the enterprise to make use of Open Source software and benefit from the advantages of the Open Source software development model. The key characteristic defining where an enterprise operates on the spectrum of engagement with an Open Source community is the level that the enterprise and its resources become directly involved and interact with that Open Source community.

"Engagement with an Open Source community is a continuum, but an individual or organization can participate on multiple levels simultaneously or become more or less active as their needs dictate..."

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