"Last year we wrote a piece here questioning whether open source
projects were motivated to work with each other. This article was
in the context of our work with OSCOM and its attempts to bring
together open source content management projects and
"The article stimulated some interesting questions. Now that
we've had some time to take some steps and try some ideas, we
thought it appropriate to report back.
"In summary, OSCOM interop has caught on more than expected, but
the hard work remains ahead. Also, other open source interop
efforts such as freedesktop.org and Linux Standards Base have shown
momentum despite the odds. We have found that open source projects
collaborate much less than the open access to source code would
"Why does open source fall into the Not Invented Here syndrome
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