What’s Next After “Source-Available”?

Venture capital plays an important role in open source: It funds startups innovative commercial open source products for the benefit of all as part of the equation. For venture capital to keep flowing, the startup needs to make money eventually, at a level similar to traditional software startups. This is always achieved by withholding something that is not made available for free, generically called “the complement” in this article. This is not human services (labor), because it doesn’t scale well. Rather, it is intellectual property, usually packaged today with machine services (computing). This does scale well.

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Open Source Hardware (Hannig & Teich, IEEE Computer Column)

I’m happy to report that the 17th article in the Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published.

TitleOpen Source Hardware
KeywordsOpen Source Hardware, Integrated Circuits, Ecosystems, Hardware, Open Source Software
AuthorsFrank Hannig, J├╝rgen Teich
PublicationComputer vol. 54, no. 10 (October 2021), pp. 111-115

Abstract: Hardware that can be manufactured from free and open source descriptions has gained a lot of momentum. This article gives a general introduction, focusing on electronics and integrated circuits, corresponding open ecosystems and organizations, and highlights benefits and challenges.

As always, the article is freely available (local copy).

Also, check out the full list of articles.

Making Open Source Project Health Transparent (Goggins et al., IEEE Computer Column)

I’m happy to report that the 16th article in the Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published.

TitleMaking Open Source Project Health Transparent
KeywordsOpen source software
AuthorsSean P. Goggins, Matt Germonprez, Kevin Lumbard
PublicationComputer vol. 54, no. 8 (August 2021), pp. 104-111

Abstract: This article explores the Community Health Analytics for Open Source Software (CHAOSS) project and how it plays an integral role in the automation of key measures to make the state of open source readily observable.

As always, the article is freely available (local copy).

Also, check out the full list of articles.

Open Source Software Engineering the Eclipse Way (Wayne Beaton, IEEE Computer Column)

I’m happy to report that the 15th article in the Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published.

TitleOpen Source Software Engineering the Eclipse Way
Keywords
AuthorsWayne Beaton, The Eclipse Foundation
PublicationComputer vol. 54, no. 6 (June 2021), pp. 59-63

Abstract: This article explains how open source software development works at the Eclipse Foundation. It dives into engineering best practices, providing insights from one of the most successful open source foundations of today.

As always, the article is freely available (local copy).

Also, check out the full list of articles.

Podcast on Product Management and Commercial Open Source

Thomas Otter and Dave Kellogg of The SaaS Product Power Breakfast had me join their show and discuss product management, commercial open source, and cloud service strategies. It is out already as a podcast (local copy). Check it out and make sure to subscribe to their show!

Show notes

There were a couple of references in the show you might like to have the links to.

  1. The commercial open source course as taught at UC Santa Cruz, starting June 21st, 2021.
  2. Our Harvard business school type free teaching cases for product management.

If I missed a link, let me know, and I’ll add it.