A critical consideration of a corporate open source software provisioning strategy revolves around the maturity of the community and longevity of that community continuing to develop their project.
I remember when I first stumbled upon the International Free and Open Source Software Law Review. The timing was such that the first issue had only recently been published and I was tickled pink to know that there was a "law review quality" journal dedicated to my area of law. Who are these wonderful people that made this happen? Little did I know then that I'd have the honor of being included on the editorial committee less than a few years later.
When most people think "open source database," the first name that comes to mind is MySQL. This relational database management system (RDBMS) has been around for 17 years, and in that time it has become intimately associated with the open source ecosystem, notably as a component of the LAMP stack used to build solid web platforms - the Linux operating system, Apache web server, MySQL database, and PHP. But MySQL also serves as the back end for prominent projects such as WordPress and MythTV, and it's used by enterprise customers such as Facebook, Sears, and BBC News.
Without an effective internal OSS governance strategy, enterprises both large and small are susceptible to problems and risks that can surface quickly when there is a lack of understanding and acceptance of open source software issues.
Yesterday we had the pleasure of attending the “Meet Windows Azure” launch party, along with a number of other Azure partners in San Francisco.
If you read this blog regularly you have already heard a lawyer's perspective on what developers should do regarding open source license compliance. You may also have seen our webinar on the topic by an our engineering manager. Now it is time for an engineer's point of view.
Open source is all about choice. Over the years, OpenLogic has grown and thrived in part because our mission is centered around giving that choice to corporations —the flexibility to choose the best open-source tools for any job, as well as the support they need to confidently deploy and maintain open source across the network.
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