Category: 2.3 Open Source (Building)
What is Open Collaboration?
Open collaboration is collaboration that is egalitarian, meritocratic, and self-organizing.
What is Open Communication?
Open source collaboration requires open communication, they say. Just what is open communication, exactly? Drawing on past research , here are the four principles that make communication open. Open communication is communication that is Public: All communication takes place in the public eye, and none or very little behind closed doors; private side-discussions are discouraged. […]
The GNU Public License v2 in the Land of Microservices
Another question I get asked is how containers and new architectural styles like microservices-based architectures relate to copyleft licenses, in particular the GPLv2 license. First things first: I don’t recommend taking a “let’s work around this pesky license” approach. You should follow both a license’s spirit and letter; license evasion (“Umgehungsversuch”) may not hold up […]
How to Read Open Source License Obligations
Interpreting open source licenses requires considerable skills and experience. Ideally, engineers and lawyers work together: Lawyers know the meaning and consequences of legal terms, and engineers can make sense of it in the context of software. There are some basics, however, that help set your thinking straight. A critical aspect is: What is a (re-)distribution […]
Open Source License Compliance and Work-for-Hire
A common question that I am asked in my seminar on license-compliant delivery of products that contain open source software is: But what about a work-for-hire? We are a consulting company: As we work for our clients, and use open source software, do we have to create all those legal notices? The answer, as so […]
Managing Your Open Source Supply Chain—Why and How? (Nikolay Harutyunyan, IEEE Computer Column)
I’m happy to report that the eigth article in the Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published. Title Managing Your Open Source Supply Chain—Why and How? Keywords Open Source, Software Supply Chain Authors Nikolay Harutyunyan, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg Publication Computer vol. 53, no. 6 (June 2020), pp. 77-81 Abstract: More than 90% of […]