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All Things Open 2013 - Open Source communities in a for profit world

All Things Open 2013 - Open Source communities in a for profit world

Since open source has hit the mainstream, people have been trying to grep the idea of what an open source business model would be. In intermixing a for-profit organization with the freedom loving principles of the FLOSS movement, there inevitably is a struggle point between the two. Several models of business have emerged to attempt to rectify this, but each tends to come with it's own baggage along the way, and communities tend to struggle with this.

In this talk, I'll explore the business models out there that attempt to work with Open Source communities to help grow a healthy business. We'll also debate and discuss what the future holds here, and how better these business models bridge between the corporate and community needs.

John Mertic

October 24, 2013

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  2. •  Lowering the barrier for product development •  Increasing overall

    technology adoption •  Improving the companies bottom line Open Source for a for profit company should focus on…
  3. “The functionality is a very small part of what companies

    are buying when they buy software,” says Red Hat CEO and president Jim Whitehurst in a phone interview. “We make the power of the open source development model consumable for the enterprise in the way they’re used to consuming software. We have engineering teams that track every single change — a bug fix, security enhancement, or whatever — made to Linux, and ensure our customers’ mission-critical systems remain up-to-date and stable.”
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