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Open source vs open development

Posted by kiwiscanfly on June 24, 2007

clipped from blogs.sun.com
Open development is not simply making code available via one of the OSI approved licenses. It’s about creating a community of developers that represent varying interests (commercial and non-commercial), harnessing their interests and efforts and advancing the technology based on collective priorities and requirements. Open development is hard work. It requires significant investment on the part of an original contributor and a set of project leads and maintainers that keep the project moving forward and meeting customer requirements. It is really no different than traditional commercial development from an overall effort standpoint, but it is open to all (not just a particular commercial interest) and it is controlled collectively rather than autocratically. Also, it tends to be an “early and often” process (i.e. code is made available early in the development cycle and is contributed continuously as the code is developed).
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