Article: 6 examples of open source best practices in knowledge-sharing projects

Innovation, Open Source, Open Space

6 examples of open source best practices in knowledge-sharing projects

As someone who has watched my fair share of projects and initiatives come and go, I value the follow-on effects of good knowledge sharing. Even knowledge from bygone projects is available to learn from the past; such is the benefit and the curse of an internet that never forgets—all the practices good, no-longer-good, and never-were-good are out there to be found.

As the head of Red Hat’s Open Source Program Office (OSPO), I both appreciate and benefit from the myriad ways different communities create and share knowledge about open source. The very effort of creating open source software is a massive knowledge-sharing experience, covering all the domains of software development with many methods and practices.

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Article: Open Source Initiative election hacked

Open Software, Open Source

Open Source Initiative election hacked

The Open Source Initiative (OSI)‘s recent board election was hacked. The organization will re-run the election once the voting process’s vulnerability has been analyzed and fixed.

Deb Nicholson, the OSI’s interim general manager, wrote that a “vulnerability in our voting processes was exploited and had an impact on the outcome of the recent Board Election. That vulnerability has now been closed. OSI will engage an independent expert to do a forensic investigation to help us understand how this happened and put measures in place to keep it from ever happening again.”

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Article: Open Source is Broken

Open Source

Open Source is Broken

The Open Source movement, as championed by the OSI, prizes absolute openness above all other concerns. Openness, they claim, is an absolute good, from which all other virtues flow, not to be questioned or criticized. It doesn’t matter if that openness enables evil in the world, without openness we cannot have truly collaborative software development communities. So the claim goes.

I want to question this claim. Openness seems like a good thing, but I think there’s plenty of room for disagreement. I am going to argue that there is nothing absolute about openness, that openness is not an end in itself, but a tool that we can use for good or ill.

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