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OSCON Day 1: Participate08

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I had the pleasure of attending both the morning and afternoon sessions of Participate08;  A one day "summit" hosted by Microsoft in coordination with the O'Reilly OSCON.  The morning session was quite interesting to me.  It had less to do with "Open Source" per say, and more to do with "distributed innovation" models, or "User Innovation Networks" as they are termed by some.

Steven J Vaughan-Nichols Blogs about Open Source Best Practices

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I've just read and posted comments on a very good blog post written by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols located here.  Steven makes the point that the best-practices for managing FOSS are fundamentally no different than those for other software assets.  I make the point that the goals of the policy and process are indeed identical, but the implementation via policy and process need to be a bit different. Come join the discussion.

Use Open Source To Save Money

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Matt Asay’s blog entry on Feb. 26 calls into question OpenLogic’s business methods of offering FOSS support and lifecycle management. He refers to this practice as “skimming the fat” off the top of the open source community. I don’t see it that way and here's why.

Open source software is an example of a user-driven innovation network. These are defined by large groups of people working on some common goal. The internet has become a new and very profound facilitator for this type of network, and FOSS is the best example of a user-innovation network to date.

Tying a Bow On Open Source

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Chris Coppola has posted a good overview of the discussions that were had at the Open Source Think Tank on his blog. I thought I'd add my comments as well.

International Use of Open Source Licenses

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I've been traveling for 3 weeks straight now and am definitely looking forward to heading home. The experience though has risen my awareness of the challenges that licensing and legal compliance pose to organizations wanting to participate in the FOSS community that are not based in the United States.

Two weeks ago I had the privilege of being asked to participate on a panel at the first annual Qualipso conference in Rome. For those who have not yet heard of it, Qualipso's charter (from their website) is: