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Live Q&A With Outercurve Foundation President Jim Jagielski

dp619 Re: Why did you sell out? (98 comments)

Do you even know what Outercurve does and who in the open source community is working with it? Look at who the project mentors are. Do you know that it will accept any license? Have you read its bylaws? That it provides resources for open source projects from *any* source? Ignorance isn't a virtue.

about a year ago
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Live Q&A With Outercurve Foundation President Jim Jagielski

dp619 Re: Why did you sell out? (98 comments)

But he isn't working for Microsoft. What you're saying isn't true.

about a year ago
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Goodbye Textbooks, Hello iPad

dp619 Re:Uh... (396 comments)

You obviously didn't read the story.

more than 2 years ago
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Louisiana Passes Intelligent Design Law

dp619 Re:I guess ID really isn't creationism then.. (1574 comments)

It was not just homosexual pedophiles - young girls were abused as well. There church is also a fault: It groomed young men to become priests at an early age, and many never went experienced normal sexuality. The theory goes that psychologically, they remained children themselves. And let's not forget their knowing disregard of it all. It was complicit.

about 6 years ago

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Open Source -- The Last Patent Defense?

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about 5 months ago

dp619 (893918) writes "A developer might fly under the patent troll radar until she makes it big, and then it's usually open season. Apple just shared that it has faced off 92 lawsuits over just 3 years. Even Google's ad business is at risk. Well known FOSS attorney Heather Meeker has blogged at the Outercurve Foundation on what to consider and what to learn if you're ever sued for patent infringement. Meeker examined how provisions of open source licenses can deflate a patent troll's litigation and shift the balance in favor of the defense."
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How to construct open source software

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about 6 months ago

dp619 (893918) writes "The Outercurve Foundation has published a guide on how OSS projects can get to a known starting state by making it easier for contributors to fix and enhance the code. "Making it easy to reliably get to a known state allows people to experiment with it and contribute," it says. The guide also suggests that tool platforms are vital to scaling a community of users and developers in the "same way that a software product team could scale development and support to the success of the product.""
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How freeloaders build open source communities

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about 6 months ago

dp619 (893918) writes "The Outercurve Foundation has published a defense of freeloaders as part of a blog series on how businesses can participate in open source. "...in the end, it's all about freeloaders, but from the perspective that you want as many as possible. That means you're “doing it right” in developing a broad base of users by making their experience easy, making it easy for them to contribute, and ultimately to create an ecosystem that continues to sustain itself. Freeloaders are essential to the growth and success of every FOSS project.""
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Is there a postmodern open source movement?

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about 10 months ago

dp619 (893918) writes "Is there a postmodern open source movement? That’s the question that the Outercurve Foundation is asking. “It’s not about living in a post open source world. Free and open source licensing IS the hack on copyright that turned the distribution channel on its head,” its former technical director, Steven Walli argues. License free software is on the rise. Only about 14.9% of repositories on GitHub are licensed, according to the Software Freedom Law Center. Young software developers are most likely to skip out on a license."
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Frenemies: How IP Law Helps FOSS Communities

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about 10 months ago

dp619 (893918) writes "Fighting against software patents (New Zealand has banned them) tends to blind FOSS communities to aspects of IP law that actually serve them well. While certainly not perfect, patent, copyright, trademark, and trade secret law each has something to offer FOSS communities. Penn State law professor wrote a guest post for the Outercurve Foundation briefly describing some of the ways in IP law can help open source developers."
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Your license is your interface

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about a year ago

dp619 (893918) writes "License free software has become a thing. Only 14.9% of repositories on GitHub have a license, according to recent Software Freedom Law Center research. Red Monk has observed that this trend is occurring principally among younger software developers. Outercurve Foundation technical evangelist Eric Schultz has offered up his opinion, saying, "As an active developer I want to add a slightly different perspective on the dangers of releasing unlicensed software. My perspective is based on a simple phrase: "Your License Is Your Interface." He adds, "A license similarly defines the interaction between the software, or more precisely the creators of the software, and users. Just like an interface, a license defines intended behavior of users of the software, such as the four essential freedoms or the ten pillars of the Open Source Definition. Just like an interface, a license prevents unintended behavior of users of the software, which depending on the open source license, may disclaim the original author of liability for use of the software, prohibit redistribution without recognizing the original author or prohibit distribution of derivatives under a more restrictive license. When it comes to legal use and distribution of your software, your license IS your interface.""
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Patenting open source software

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about a year ago

dp619 (893918) writes "The tactic of patenting open source software to guard against patent trolls and the weaponization of corporate patent portfolios is gaining momentum in the FOSS community. Organizations including the Open Innovation Network, Google and Redhat have built defensive patent portfolios (the latter two are defending their product lines). This approach has limitations.

Penn State law professor Clark Asay writes in an Outercurve Foundation blog examining the trend, "Patenting FOSS may help in some cases, but the nature of FOSS development itself may mean that patenting some collaboratively developed inventions is inherently more difficult, if not impossible, in many others. Consequently, strategies for mitigating patent risk that rely on FOSS communities patenting their technologies include inherent limitations. Itâ(TM)s not entirely clear how best to reform patent law in order to better reconcile it with alternative models of innovation. But in the meantime, FOSS still presents certain advantages that, while dimmed by the prospect of patent suits, remain significant.""

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OuterConf open source conference starting today, keynotes online

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about a year ago

dp619 (893918) writes "The OuterCurve Foundation's first annual conference, OuterConf, began today. Its speakers will be presenting best practices for open source development and community management as well as background on some Outercurve projects. Links to the keynote presentation slide decks are being live blogged as they become available.

Today’s keynotes are:

        Jono Bacon on "Developing Successful Engaged Communities"
        Ross Gardler on "Understanding Community Governance Models"
        Bertrand Le Roy on "Building the Orchard Community"
        Phil Haack will talk about "Developing a Community and an Ecosystem with NuGet" Managing Conflict in Community: Jeff Handley (NuGet), Rob Mensching (WiX), and Microsoft's Garrett Serack (CoApp) debate the relative merits of their approaches to Windows package management and installation.
        Donnie Berkholz, IT Industry Analyst at RedMonk on community management
        Kohsuke Kawaguchi, Senior Architect, Cloudbees, Inc. on building the Jenkins community"

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Git[/SVN/Mercurial] and Growing a FOSS Community

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about a year ago

dp619 (893918) writes "Outercurve Foundation technical director Stephen Walli has written a guide about how configuration management tools make accepting software changes easier so that open source projects can handle many contributions. "The more time you save outside developers that might be interested in contributing, the more time they have to work on the contribution they want to make, rather than losing time and possibly interest in trying to get past building the software," he said."
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Why freeloaders are essential to FOSS project success

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about a year ago

dp619 (893918) writes "Outercurve Foundation technical director Stephen Walli has written a blog post arguing that attracting users is fundamental to the ability of open source projects to recruit "new blood" and contributors who are willing to code. "So in the end, it's all about freeloaders, but from the perspective that you want as many as possible. That means you're “doing it right” in developing a broad base of users by making their experience easy, making it easy for them to contribute, and ultimately to create an ecosystem that continues to sustain itself," he wrote."
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Open Source Software seeping into the .NET Developer world

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about a year ago

dp619 (893918) writes "In an interview, Microsoft Regional Director Patrick Hynds says that avoidance of open source components by a large part of the .NET developer population is abating. "...While some may still steer clear of the GPL, there are dozens of FOSS licenses that are compatible with Windows developers and their customers," he said. Hynds cites NuGet, an open source package management system was originally built by Microsoft and now an Outercurve Foundation project, as an example of FOSS libraries that .NET developer are adopting for their applications. Microsoft itself has embraced open source — to a point. It has partnered with Hortonworks for a Windows port of Hadoop, allowed Linux to run on Windows Azure, and is itself a Hadoop user."
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Developers key to managing patent risk

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about a year ago

dp619 (893918) writes "Penn State law professor Clark Asay has written an editorial on FOSS patent risk, saying: "...under the current patent system, it’s entirely possible to obtain a patent that reads on software that FOSS communities independently create. Consequently, FOSS communities and their users are vulnerable to third party patent claims, even absent any sort of wrongdoing or copying on their part." He suggests that developers collaborate to prevent bad or frivolous patents from being issued in the first place. The ongoing work of Linux Defenders and Peer-to-Patent are cited as good examples of how the FOSS community's collaborative spirit can help it counteract potential legal threats."
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Open Source Software Licenses versus Business Models

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dp619 (893918) writes "Network World is running a guest article by Outercurve Foundation's technical director Stephen Walli discussing how FOSS license choice can affect a company’s business model. Walli disagrees that a FOSS license dictates the business model or that the business model dictates the license."
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Which Open Source Software License Should I Use?

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dp619 (893918) writes "Stephen Walli, the Outercurve Foundation's technical director, has published a guide for choosing open source licenses, which takes into consideration both legal considerations and project specific affinities."
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Making open source software

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dp619 (893918) writes "Outercurve Foundation technical director Stephen Walli has posted a how-to guide, which is written for organizations that are thinking about making FOSS software either by contributing patches to existing products or starting a new project (from new or existing code). This is important, because many organizations are 'takers' of FOSS and do not contribute back into the commons. There's also the potential for a business benefit from starting a project. Topics range from picking a license to project management, the responsibilities of a project founder, and community management."
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How to build a better developer community

dp619 dp619 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

dp619 (893918) writes "Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon (of GitHub fame) and the OuterCurve Foundation have shared a blog postwith suggestions including how to choose an open source license, why governance processes should be simple, how to establish codes of conduct, why a community helps software evolve, and how to structure a project to provide an easy on ramp to participate. The overarching theme of the post is that the dynamic aspects of software development are lost if a project doesn’t fully embrace open source; communities don’t just automatically form around a license. A added benefit is that companies that consume open source can contribute back to the commons and gain from collaborative development."
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Hello iPad; goodbye textbooks (and PCs)

dp619 dp619 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

dp619 (893918) writes "There's a technology shift happening in educations: PCs and paper are on the way out. iPads/tablets are helping kids with special needs and disabilities to learn, and are being incorporated into grade school classroom learning. College students are using them to save money on textbooks."
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'Midori' concepts materialize in .NET

dp619 dp619 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

dp619 (893918) writes "Concepts outlined in Microsoft's internal "Midori" OS documents are materializing in .NET, according to an SD Times report. Midori is a new operating system project that is designed for distributed concurrency. Microsoft has assigned some of its allstar programmers to the project, while recruiting others. It is also working on other projects to replace Windows that make the OS act more like a hypervisor."
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