TAG | Open Source
In my view you can be involved in Open Source without being a programmer at all.
Another question following Stefans and my talk was when to open source an API asked by @xavismeh. How soon should you go public especially with an API which will be seen and used not only by normal users but by people who can judge your coding?
Yesterday I had the pleasure of doing a conference talk at Forum PHP in Paris teaming up with Stefan Koopmanschap. We did this talk before on Symfony Day about opportunities in Open Source participation. One thing we mentioned was building up a reputation.
But what to do if you built up a bad reputation?
On June 5th and 6th just right before the Symfony Live conference in Paris there is the Forum PHP conference in Paris as well. It includes some great speakers like Rasmus Lerdorf and a lot more.
I’m excited to be invited as well together with Stefan Koopmanschap to present our Open Source session again!
Open Source software is provided free of charge which is great. And usually you get nice and friendly people helping you when you experience problems with their software.
But the support not reliable. Nor should it be.
I stumbled upon this post by Matthew Butterick called Seven essential qualities of open source. In it Matthew tries to fight the dilution of the term Open Source by defining what he sees as the seven essentials.
Open source must mean something, otherwise it means nothing.
I wrote about what companies can learn from the Open Source world before and why it wouldn’t work in some cases. I think there is a lot to leverage when you apply the Open Source mechanisms to your corporate environment.
However there’s a dark side to this that needs to be addressed to avoid false hopes.
Following a tweet of Pierre Joye yesterday I happened to stumble about Mikael Rogers blog post called “Apache considered harmful“. It’s not about the Apache server but the Apache Software Foundation, it’s inner workings and rules. It’s about how things are done and about how things could be done nowadays.
Now I can’t really speak about the ASF but I was struck by this one sentence.
For a moment, let’s put the git part of GitHub on the back burner and talk about the hub.
Open Source communities are amazing. Never experienced such a helpful and dedicated environment anywhere else. Despite scratching their own itches Open Source minded people tend to teach, answer and help other people and there’s no money involved.
I always try to get something of that mindset into corporate communities.. and fail.