Article: Do open source users have a moral obligation to the community? One expert weighs in

Open Decision-Support, Open Source

Do open source users have a moral obligation to the community? One expert weighs in

In open source, we spend so much time talking about licensing that it’s easy to overlook the reality that open source really isn’t about licensing at all. Not the heart of open source, anyway.

At its best, open source is about community and shared mores that prompt us to contribute toward common goals. At its worst open source is about micromanaging and enforcing the behaviors we, as the original author of the software, may desire.

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