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8 Ways Companies Can Contribute to Open Source Communities

Mar 31, 2011, 08:11 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nic Williams)

"It's clear that most major businesses are using some open source, whether they know it or not. Every Mac has open source bundled with it. Linux servers and desktops are open source. The Android phone software is open source. Microsoft even uses OSS while also viewing it as a competitor to its own products and platforms. Is there a business or enterprise that claims to be 'open source free'?

"Another example is my own employer, a Ruby on Rails hosting platform provider, which employs seven developers to work on open source projects full time and run an OSS Community Grant program. The reason that we make these investments is to ensure the health and success of the Ruby and Rails communities who form our core customer base."

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