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Momjian: How Companies Can Effectively Contribute To Open Source Communities

Dec 21, 2006, 00:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Momjian)

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"While open source communities are primarily made up of volunteer contributors, company involvement is always welcome. Companies often bring fresh prespective, ideas, and testing infrastucture to a project. Companies can also often fund developers to add features that require more time than a single volunteer contributor can afford. But, unfortunately, company involvement requires a new approach to development. This article outlines some of those differences and ways of maximizing the effectiveness of company contributions to open source projects.

"Open source communities are primarily made up of individual contributors. When employees contribute, their approach is often different than if they were acting as individuals. This is because employees working in open source communities have two bosses--the companies that employ them, and the open source community, which must review their proposals and patches..."

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