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SourceForge: Corporate Open Source Collaboration?

Aug 19, 2002, 19:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Elliott Finley)

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"When corporate America started to publicly admit, and even boast, that it was using Linux and Open Source software, we all cheered. Now corporate America is getting involved in the development process. This seems to be a common trend amongst individuals, and now corporations, as they move into the Open Source world. That is that they start out as a user, but when their needs outstrip existing software, they migrate from being mere users to being developers. This is a good thing, but it makes for a slightly different slant on some of the dynamics of the process.

"Historically, Open Source software has been developed by individuals or groups of individuals working on software in their spare time, or unofficially at their jobs as part of just 'getting things done'. This meant that all development direction was based on what the individuals needed or wanted the software to do, and the effort that they were willing to make. Now that Corporations are playing the Open Source collaboration game, there's a whole new booger in the machine..."

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