Posts tagged: Open source

A framework for lightweight open source governance

Any group of humans needs some form of governance. It’s a set of rules the group follows in order to address issues and take clear decisions. Even the absence the rules (anarchy) is a form of governance! At the opposite end of the spectrum is dictatorship, where all decisions ...

Using proprietary services to develop open source software

It is now pretty well accepted that open source is a superior way of producing software. Almost everyone is doing open source those days. In particular, the ability for users to look under the hood and make changes results in tools that are better adapted to their workflows. It reduces ...

The Age of Foundations

At OSCON last week, Google announced the creation around Kubernetes of the Cloud-Native Computing Foundation. The next day, Jim Zemlin dedicated his keynote to the (recently-renamed) Open Container Initiative, confirming the Linux Foundation's recent shift towards providing Foundations-as-a-Service. Foundations ended up being the talk of the show, with some ...

Stepping out of the way

In the early days of OpenStack, we instituted a do-acracy: power to people that do things over people that don't. Code talks: when unsure on the direction to go, the one that came with code basically won. Don't ask for permission, ask for forgiveness. Make progress, fix issues ...

F/OSS project governance models

Various governance models exist for free and open source software projects. Most of those happen naturally, some of them are chosen... Which one is the best ? Is there a best ? How could we judge the best ? Like any ecosystem, I'd postulate that F/OSS project communities should have long-term ...