One of the most important things for a community is momentum. It's a make-or-break component to success.
Joe Brockmeier reports on the intersection of commercial interests and communities, and offers information and advice about bridging the gap between companies and communities.
One of the questions I get most often is "what does a community manager do"? As a growing field (in as much as any field is growing these days...
If you watch TV, you're likely to see tons of Windows ads and Apple's "I'm a Mac" ads, but where are the Linux ads? There have been a few TV ad campaigns featuring Linux (thanks IBM!
The bonds of the FOSS community go far beyond software. Case in point, Arjen Lentz is stepping outside the bounds of the comfortable realm of software and launching bluehackers.
Given the economy's impact on tech shows, I have to wonder what the future holds for the various Linux shows and fests around the globe. Talking to Ilan Rabinovitch of the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLE), the future still looks bright -- maybe brighter than the future for the more commercial trade shows.
License discussions are usually about as interesting as watching paint dry, but the news that Nokia is going to use GNU's Lesser General Public License (LGPL) for the upcoming release of Qt may be a big deal for KDE.Nokia announced today that it would be releasing Qt (pronounced "cute," by the way) 4.
Microsoft makes for an unlikely David, and Linux an even unlikelier Goliath -- but here we are. A few years ago, Linux was positioned as the "Windows killer.
Will the first national CTO embrace open source? Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales hopes so.
Metered computing, as outlined by Microsoft in a patent application, isn't the worst idea I've heard -- but it ranks up there with other spectacular failures like the original DivX, AOL dial-up, and the 2008 Detroit Lions.The idea, as outlined in this article by David Meyer, is that people would buy "heavily subsidized" (cheap) PCs, but then pay charges based on how much computing time and processing power they used.
The Perl Foundation tried a little PR experiment over the holiday. Good idea, but there's more than one way to do it.