In an effort to save time and money, and leverage valuable code bases, most companies use open source software. Many companies, large and small, have formal open source policies. Even more companies have informal open source policies, e.g., a company may not want to use any software under a General Public License, and that information is spread via word of mouth. I often hear people mention that they have been ordered to write an open source governance policy, and they are not sure where to start. This blog covers what an open source policy is, and the various topics to address when developing an open source policy.
In the time that I have spent with OpenLogic, I have worked with companies across many industries, and with companies ranging from a handful of developers to thousands of developers. One thing they have in common is that they typically have some type of open source policy, some far more developed than others.
The growing acceptance of open source software in the workplace prompts a strong push for open source training for recent college graduates. I cannot speak for all recent college graduates, and I cannot speak for every university, but I can speak from my experiences and the experiences of others I have talked with on this subject.
Large corporations are becoming increasingly interested in the value of deep open source knowledge. While some corporate leadership may inherently understand the intricacies of open source training inside and out, I would argue that for most companies interested in training, the characteristics and processes are anything but well known. To shed light on such topics, I sat down with Matt Atwater, the Director of Support and Professional Services at OpenLogic, to ask him a few questions regarding open source training.
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Open source management is increasingly becoming an important component of today's IT discussions, as companies are using open source software more widely in their IT infrastructure; So much so that Gartner expects open source to make up 30% of enterprise IT portfolios in 2012.
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