(Or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Software Freedom)

I have the privilege of having been invited to participate in the LF Energy Summit here in Paris early November. As I read more about the energy sector to get a sense of the problem the group wants to tackle, I see a set of possible challenges they will need…

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The ‘open source sustainability’ debate continues with yet-another-company relicensing their product away from an open source license to something proprietary. The sustainability debates seem to fall into one of several buckets:

  • Commercial collaborations working diligently to identify significant projects in which to invest member resources: This discussion is best represented…

I wrote a blog post two years ago called There is NO Open Source Business Model. In it, I argued that open source software is really about engineering economics, where well-run collaborative communities capture orders of magnitude of engineering value, and that Red Hat is really a successful enterprise software…

This statement best captures a question that comes up regularly in the open source community world when you have corporations involved. Does your community manager report to engineering or marketing? …

During his inaugural speech on Jan. 20, 1961, U.S. President John F. Kennedy uttered the challenge, “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” Its simple meaning was to challenge society to contribute to improve…

At the Microsoft Build 2016 conference last week, Microsoft announced the ability to run Ubuntu Linux binaries on Windows 10. There’s a good article by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols describing the announcement. So, yes, pigs really do fly.

There is, however, a history of a previous way of accomplishing something amazingly…

I’ve had reason of late to think about what open source software means so as best to explain it to people. Many folks want to re-invent what it means or re-discover all the hard won lessons. And perhaps that’s the key to it all for me. Understanding history is important…

Stephen Walli

Tech exec, Founder, Writer, Open Source Advocate, Software Business Consultant, working at Microsoft (again!) in the Azure Office of the CTO

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