Rosenblatt, executive director of ONE/Northwest, has released a thought
provoking white paper on social source software development. "Three
Pillars" highlights the inherent conflicts that arise when
"faux-pen" source developers try to integrate consulting and
hosting into their business model in search of sustainability.
Putting into words ideas many of us have probably had, he
articulately argues for a separation of roles and a change in
approach. It's worth noting that Gideon is an ex-Microsoft
From the article:
"The case for open source software and the broader notion of a
public commons for communications infrastructure have been well
made by other authors. Much of the focus on open source within the
nonprofit technology sector is still largely on broader, more
generic tools. In September 2003, Jonathan Peizer at the Open
Society Institute wrote an article called Realizing The Promise of
Open Source in the Non-Profit Sector, in which he made the case for
using the open source model to build and deliver applications that
are specific to nonprofit organizations and thus unlikely to be
delivered by private sector software vendors..."
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