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  • Let’s celebrate relicensing from an open source to a proprietary license

    Let’s celebrate relicensing from an open source to a proprietary license

    tl;dr Commercial open source firms are beneficial to society, even if they eventually license away from open source, because they are exploring a search space for useful open-source software that is otherwise hard to get to. Commercial open source firms that license away from open source licenses to non-compete licenses don’t get a lot of…

  • Cybersecurity risks unique to open source and what communities are doing to reduce them (Matthew L. Levy, IEEE Computer)

    Cybersecurity risks unique to open source and what communities are doing to reduce them (Matthew L. Levy, IEEE Computer)

    I’m happy to report that the 25th article in the Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published. Title Cybersecurity Risks Unique to Open Source and What Communities Are Doing to Reduce Them Keywords Public Domain Software, Risk Management, Security Of Data, Cybersecurity Risk, Open Source, Risk Areas, Source Projects Authors Matthew L.…

  • Open source dependencies are investments

    Open source dependencies are investments

    The Linux Foundation’s research arm just published a report about interviews with 32 maintainers of critical open source projects (local copy). Only 62% of these maintainers, i.e. 20 people, were employed by their organizations to work on these open source components. I consider this low and would have expected a higher number. What’s worse, only…

  • The business impact of inner source and how to quantify it [CSUR Journal]

    The business impact of inner source and how to quantify it [CSUR Journal]

    Abstract Inner-source software development is the practice of using open source practices for firm-internal software development. Practitioner reports have shown that inner source can increase flexibility and reduce costs. Despite the potential benefits of inner source, there has been little research on its impact on businesses and their processes. To address this gap, we conducted…

  • How to win with open source and openness (in German) [F.A.Z.-Institut Managementkompass]

    How to win with open source and openness (in German) [F.A.Z.-Institut Managementkompass]

    I’m happy to report about a new trade magazine publication, aimed at the German C-level suite, about how to win in business using open source and openness. The article is written in German and you can read it here. The overall issue including all other articles is also available (local copy). Reference: Riehle, D. (2023).…

  • Open source promises not made and broken

    Open source promises not made and broken

    Using open-source software in products and projects is not a no-brainer. Like with any software, introducing a dependency on an open source component creates a lock-in that should be thought through well. All too often, people are lazy when thinking (or not thinking) through such decisions. Case in point 1: An open source programmer on…