I just returned from Germany where I spoke on The Open Source Census at the Open Source Meets Business conference. At the same conference, HP announced the FOSSBazaar initiative, which OpenLogic is sponsoring along with Olliance Group, Novell, Google, Coverity, DLA Piper, SourceForge and The Linux Foundation. The press release and presentation on FOSSBazaar has generated a lot of confusion. In his blog, Dana Blankenhorn states
I'm packing my bag for Australia. I thought I'd let you all know where I'm at, so if you are also there, we can get together.
A while back we added governance capabilities to OpenLogic Exchange (OLEX.) This is really cool because it means that not only can you get your open source software through OLEX but you can set your policies and run your approval process through OLEX.
Continuing my study of whether or not external rewards kill intrinsic motivations, I read a paper Norms, Rewards and Their effect on the Motivation of Open Source Software Developers that Luis pointed me at and Matt Asay blogged about. (For the record, the paper is as long as its title implies it might be.) The authors of the paper were also interested in whether or not paying open source developers would demotivate them. They did a survey with college kids that concluded that paying open source software developers doesn't demotivate them. However, I think and they agreed, that the research has yet to be done on a real open source software project. They did point out three really interesting facts.
If, like me, you've wondered why with all our email and conference calls, we spend so much time on airplanes, then you should read How Email Brings You Closer to the Guy in the Next Cubicle from Wired. I don't think he completely answered it but he makes two good points:
I've been thinking about Data is a commodity:
When you look at the acquisition of MySQL by Sun, many pundits and bloggers point to the acquisition as a way for Sun to fill the database slot in their offering. (PaulaRooney at ZDNet, Forbes) But I think that leaves out a couple of key underlying market drivers -- consolidation and competition -- that may help to explain Sun’s acquisition, and to understand potential future implications for the industry as whole.
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I’ll start off with the traditional “I am not a lawyer” disclaimer.
I recently read a blog post by Savio Rodrigues in Infoworld that started off with the premise that “Cash is Still King”. That’s a pretty hard statement to disagree with. The post, however, went on to talk about which open source business models would or wouldn’t be successful. This is where I think Savio’s logic went a little off track.
I've heard from many sources that Bill Gates' keynote at CES wasn't all that good. One opinion is that is was bad for lack of content. From The Truth That Dare Not Speak: The CES Keynote Sucked:
When you enter information into your Facebook profile, does it belong to you, to Facebook or to the people you share it with? Right now there's an interesting debate going on in the websphere: Robert Scoble used a script to get all of his Facebook friends' information. Since that's against the Facebook terms and conditions, his account was disabled. Scoble was wrong - he violated the terms of the Facebook user agreement which he accepted when he joined Facebook. However, the debate isn't about whether Scoble violated Facebook terms. The debate is about whether users should be allowed to download their friends' data.
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