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LCA 2010: Wanna kill a FOSS community?

Jan 19, 2010, 17:34 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Varghese)

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"As free and open source software becomes more and more a part of mainstream computing, it is common to find large commercial organisations taking a big interest in FOSS projects, sometimes to the extent of taking over such projects.

"The manner in which they treat these projects can result in the growth or the withering away of such endeavours; the cultures are often incompatible and unless the proprietary firm is able to tend to its new acquisition properly, the project may well die.

"Josh Berkus, a core PostgreSQL developer and "community guy" (that's how he describes himself), dealt with this phenomenon at the 11th Australian national Linux conference this morning - but with tongue firmly in cheek.

"Berkus' talk, at the "Business in Open Source" mini-conference this morning, was titled "Ten ways to destroy your community" and described in detail how a proprietary company could go about killing an open source community which it had acquired."

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