Abstract: This article present a particular business model for commercial open source firms, called the single-vendor open source model. This model has long dominated venture capital funding for open source software firms, contributing to the long-term sustainability of open source. As such, it is of high economic relevance. It is also an excellent example to show how open source licensing and related strategies really are just tools in the design of a business model and not philosophies.
I’m happy to report that the sixth article in the Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published.
Managing the Open Source Dependency
Computer Applications, Open Source Software
Tomas Gustavsson, PrimeKey
Computer vol. 53, no. 2 (February 2020), pp. 83-87
Abstract: Organizations use open source software in a majority of computer application programs. Here we describe some of the technical challenges and offer recommendations about how to manage open source software dependencies and avoid the most common pitfalls that might be encountered through decision-making, automated scanning, upgrading, and strategic contributions.
I’m happy to report that the fifth article in the new Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published.
How to Select Open Source Components
Open Source Software, Licenses, Documentation, Computer Bugs, Software Project Management
Diomidis Spinellis, Athens University of Economy and Business
Computer vol. 52, no. 12 (December 2019), pp. 103-106
Abstract: With millions of open source projects available on forges such as GitHub, it may be difficult to select those that best match your requirements. Examining each project’s product and development process can help you confidently select the open source projects required for your work.
I’m happy to report that the fourth article in the new Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published.
Getting Started With Open Source Governance
Companies, Licenses, Security, Software, Law
Jeff McAffer, GitHub
Computer vol. 52, no. 10 (October 2019), pp. 92-96
Abstract: Using and managing open source is essential in modern software development. Here we lay out a framework for thinking about open source engagement and highlight the key steps in getting started.
I’m happy to report that the third article in the new Open Source Expanded column of IEEE Computer has been published.
Open Source License Compliance–Why and How?
Open Source Software, Licenses, Software Packages
Hendrik Schoettle, Osborne Clarke, Munich, Germany
Computer vol. 52, no. 8 (August 2019), pp. 63-67
Abstract: Compliance with open source software (OSS) license requirements is necessary but often overlooked. This article explains how OSS license compliance differs from compliance with commercial software licenses, why it is necessary even though OSS is generally free, and what requirements have to be met with OSS.
Abstract: This installment of Computer’s series exploring free and open source software confronts a pressing issue, free and open source software licenses: what they are, the rights they convey, and the restrictions they impose.
Abstract: Open source has given us many innovations. This article provides an overview of the most important innovations and illustrates the impact that open source is having on the software industry and beyond. The main innovations of open source can be grouped into four categories: Legal innovation, process innovation, tool innovation, and business model innovation. Probably the best known innovations are open source licenses, which also define the concept.
Keywords: Open source, open collaboration, open innovation, software industry, business models
Reference: Riehle, D. (2019, April). The Innovations of Open Source. Computer vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 59-63.
Open Source Expanded is the name of a new column (open-ended article series) that I’m editing for IEEE Computer Magazine. Expect a new article on open source and how it is changing the world every two months!
The first article on the innovations of open source was just published, kicking of the column. I could not negotiate an open license, however, all articles will be free to read and download.