How to create a commercial open-source community

Companies fuel much of the world's best open-source code. Here's how they can get involved without getting in the way.

I recently delivered a presentation at the Openbravo World Conference on the rise of open source and the value and nature of commercial open-source projects within the open-source community. Here are my slides:

As I've noted before, the open-source ecosystem would be much poorer if companies were to stop funding key parts of it. This presentation strived to identify how to build community without lobotomizing the companies involved.

Disclosure: I am an advisor to Openbravo.

Follow me on Twitter @mjasay.

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    Matt Asay is chief operating officer at Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Prior to Canonical, Matt was general manager of the Americas division and vice president of business development at Alfresco, an open-source applications company. Matt brings a decade of in-the-trenches open-source business and legal experience to The Open Road, with an emphasis on emerging open-source business strategies and opportunities. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mjasay.


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