Linus Torvalds on "community" development

If you want to be part of a community, join it. Contribute to it. Or hire it.

Linus Torvalds has sage advice for those companies looking to get involved with "the community." You don't. You join it by contributing code or you hire someone who already is doing so.

This has been Stephe Walli's counsel to Microsoft for years. For companies looking for a shortcut, Linus has a suggestion:

...[T]he easiest way is to find a person who is already a member of the development process or maybe not a very central one, but really - central enough that he's been involved and knows how things works and basically bring that person into the company.

One way or another, companies need to increasingly insert themselves into the open-source conversation. Actions speak louder than words. Code speaks loudest of all.

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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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