"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."