Innovation Happens Elsewhere

Open Source as Business Strategy

  • Chris Meyer
  • By

    • Ron Goldman, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Santa Clara, California, U.S.A.
    • Richard Gabriel, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Santa Clara, California, U.S.A.

    It's a plain fact: regardless of how smart, creative, and innovative your organization is, there are more smart, creative, and innovative people outside your organization than inside. Open source offers the possibility of bringing more innovation into your business by building a creative community that reaches beyond the barriers of the business. The key is developing a web-driven community where new types of collaboration and creativity can flourish. Since 1998 Ron Goldman and Richard Gabriel have been helping groups at Sun Microsystems understand open source and advising them on how to build successful communities around open source projects. In this book the authors present lessons learned from their own experiences with open source, as well as those from other well-known projects such as Linux, Apache, and Mozilla.
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    Business executives who need to understand how open source strategies can help them achieve their business goals, managers who want to use open source to run a project, engineers who work on open source projects and need an idea of what is expected of them, and readers interested in better understanding open source—its history, philosophy, and future.


Book information

  • Published: April 2005
  • ISBN: 978-1-55860-889-4


"Innovation Happens Elsewhere is at least as important for those who have no interest in software as those who do, because in the details of the history and practice of the open source community lie clues to the institutional adaptations of the information economy; in the clauses of the various software licenses lie the case law that will come to define property in the information age. There are other books that have a great deal to say about this evolution, but none combines the personal experience and inside-out insight to be gained from the engagement of Ron Goldman and Richard Gabriel in so many flesh-and-blood open source projects and the development of the structures that have supported them."—from the foreword by Chris Meyer, Monitor Group

Table of Contents

Foreword by Chris Meyer, Monitor GroupPrefaceAcknowledgements
1. IntroductionOpen Source: A Different Way Of Doing BusinessInnovation Happens ElsewhereJumping InUnderstanding Open SourceCommunitiesWho This Book Is Intended ForWho Else This Book Is Intended For
2. Innovation Happens ElsewhereOpen Source Is A CommonsCan The Commons Make A Difference?The Commons And SoftwareOpen Versus ClosedUse Of The Commons: Creativity & ConversationsInnovation Happens Elsewhere
3. What Is Open Source?Open Source In BriefPhilosophical Tenets Of Open SourceOpen Source And Agile MethodologiesCommon Open Source Myths, Misconceptions & QuestionsOpen Source And CommunityThe Secret Of Why Open Source WorksVariations On Open Source: Gated Communities And Internal Open SourceOpen Source: Why Do They Do It?
4. Why Consider Open Source?Business Reasons For Choosing To Open Source Your CodeCreating Your Business Model And Following Through With ItMeasuring SuccessAn Example: The Innovation Happens Elsewhere StrategyBusiness Reasons For Using Open Source Products
5. LicensesWhat The License DoesWhat The License Does Not DoMore On CopyrightAnd A Quick Word On PatentsThe LicensesDual LicensingSupplementing The License—Contributor AgreementsLicenses For Documentation
6. How To Do Open Source DevelopmentThe Infrastructure Needed For An Open Source ProjectSoftware LifecycleBuilding A CommunityEnding An Open Source ProjectJoining An Existing Open Source ProjectOpen Source Within A Company
7. Going With Open SourceDeciding To Do Open SourceHow To Prepare To Do Open Source At Your CompanyGetting Approval From Your CompanyProblems You Can Expect To Encounter
8. How To Build MomentumMarketing Your ProjectFocus On Your Users And ContributorsCommunity OutreachHarvesting InnovationWelcome The Unexpected
9. What To Avoid—Known Problems And FailuresNot Understanding Open SourceDon't Needlessly Duplicate An Existing EffortLicensing IssuesDesign IssuesCode IssuesTrying To Control Too MuchMarketing IssuesTension Between An Open Source Project And The Rest Of Your CompanyCommunity IssuesLack Of ResourcesRecovering From Mistakes
10. Closing Thoughts
Appendix A: ResourcesFurther ReadingWebsites Of InterestToolsLicenses
Appendix B: LicensesApache Software LicenseArtistic LicenseBerkeley Software Distribution (BSD)FreeBSD Documentation LicenseGNU Free Documentation License (FDL)GNU General Public License (GPL)GNU Lesser General Public License (LGPL)IBM Common Public License (CPL)Microsoft Shared Source License For Windows CE .NETMIT Or X LicenseMozilla Public License (MPL)Open Publication LicenseSun Community Source License (SCSL)Sun Industry Standards Source License (SISSL)Sun Public Documentation License (PDL)
Appendix C: Contributor AgreementsApache Contributor AgreementFree Software Foundation Copyright Assignment FormMozilla Contributor AssignmentOpenOffice.Org Contributor AssignmentProject JXTA Contributor Assignment
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