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IBM developerWorks: Enhydra: A new model for collaboration

Aug 06, 2000, 17:19 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Enhydra, an open source application server, serves as an example of collaboration between business and development in the open source community. Maya Stodte takes a look at how the developers of Enhydra were able to harness the powers of open source development, as well as the open source business model, and the commercial itch the Enhydra product was designed to serve."

"Innovations in the open source community generally occur by the old "scratch an itch" formula, where need leads to idea leads to development. By their nature, open source innovations diffuse out into the world. Sometimes they are never seen again by their project originators, and from time to time they coagulate and turn into the next Linux. Enhydra, the most widely used open source application server, however, has taken a different tack. Enhydra is succeeding where many others have failed -- in making the cooperation between the open source development community and the enterprise productive. The result has produced solutions to some of the problems that have long plagued open source/enterprise collaboration, such as issues surrounding contamination of proprietary software by open source licenses, and attracting established companies to the use of open source software."

"Although Enhydra was originally developed in a two-year incubation period of closed-source operations by Lutris Technologies, its destination has always been open source. In January of 1999 Lutris open-sourced Enhydra, and enhydra.org emerged to oversee future open source Enhydra development. Thus, unlike many open source projects, when Enhydra hit the open source development community (and commercial market), it was not only ready for implementation, it stood on a structured and somewhat more stable managerial foundation than many open source projects. This kind of structure and reliability are well known aphrodisiacs for commercial sponsors."

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