Engagement Goal: Engaging with the OSS Ecosystem

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This Goal develops the corporate perspective. Contributing back to open source projects and supporting open source communities. Developing project visibility: communicating and participating in open source industry and community events. At this level, the enterprise engages with the OSS ecosystem and contributes to its sustainability.


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6 motivations for consuming or publishing open source software, Ben BalterExtensive analysis of the reasons behind using and publishing open source software by the well known GitHub attorney and open source evangelist Ben Balter.Web page
The Art Of CommunityA book by Jono Bacon providing a complete review about building a strong community around open source projects.PDF
ScancodeScanCode detects licenses, copyrights, package manifests & dependencies, and more, by scanning the actual code base. It provides mechanisms to check for policy compliance.Web site
Awesome OSS FundingA curated list of awesome resources for funding open source projects and authors.Web page
The Secrets of Successful Open Source Business ModelsAn interesting article to find the right model for an open-source company.Web page
CII Best Practices Badge ProgramThe Linux Foundation (LF) Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) Best Practices badge is a way for Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) projects to show that they follow best practices.Web page
Getting Started with FLOSS Governance and Compliance in CompaniesAn article by Dirk Riehle about FLOSS governance and compliance in companies.PDF
How to Support Open Source Projects NowA short page with ideas on funding open source projectsWeb page

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Ecosystem stakeholders

  • Foundations (that pay people to do work): FSF, ASF, Eclipse, Mozilla
  • Organization & communities -> OW2, ...
  • Distributors: Redhat, CentOS Linux, Debian, Canonical UBUNTU, CoreOS, CentOS
  • Editors (enterprise licenses vs. community editions)
  • Integrators
    • Model without Editor 
    • Model with Editor
  • Cloud actors
  • Equipment manufacturers (cost cutting vs. upstream innovation and influence ...)
  • Communication Service Providers

Business models

  • Dual licensing ex. community addition is AGPL, enterprise edition "removes" the "share" conditions.
  • Dual product model ex. open core
  • Open Source Professional services
  • Additional functions (is this open core?), patches ahead of public, patches back-ported to prior versions (ex. Oracle Java)

Myths & Stories

  • Quality
  • Security
  • OSS Licensing and Legal Issues
  • Support

Funding open source projects

  • Best practices
  • Experience sharing