Features

XX.6 November + December 2013
Page: 54
Digital Citation

Open source communities of competitors


Authors:
Matt Germonprez, J. Allen, Brian Warner, Jamie Hill, Glenn McClements

Throughout the 1990s, corporations involved in the design of software services viewed open source participation with skepticism. However, over the past 15 years, corporate participation in open source communities has expanded rapidly. It is no longer unusual for Fortune 500 companies to have full-time staff dedicated to leveraging open source for corporate profit. Corporate participation in open source communities has raised interesting and complicated questions about how the requirements of volunteer and for-profit contributors evolve in collaborative environments. The Linux community offers a classic example of an evolution toward corporate participation in open source. Linux began as a student project.…




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