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  • Open Source Legal Debt

    Open Source Legal Debt

    Open source legal debt is unwanted open-source code in your products and projects. Code may be unwanted, if it does not fit your (a company’s) business model. An example is code that has been copied from StackOverflow into your code base. That’s because code from StackOverflow has a copyleft license, which means that as you…

  • Non-Software-Industry User-Led Open-Source Consortia

    Non-Software-Industry User-Led Open-Source Consortia

    tl;dr We observe sustained growth in what we call non-software-industry user-led open-source consortia. These are open-source consortia (non-profit organizations) created by companies from outside the software industry with the goal of developing the applications these companies need to run their business. Their behaviors are different from other open-source consortia and we can see this expressed…

  • Open Source and the Hyphen

    Open Source and the Hyphen

    You may have seen the repeated fights over whether open-source software should be spelled with a hyphen or not. It just flared up on Wikipedia, again. The rules are clear, in my opinion. Still, the situation is a misery.

  • 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 [1], here are the four principles that make communication open. Open communication is communication that is

  • 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…