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Building Open Source Communities

Mike Milinkovich, executive director of the Eclipse Foundation, is giving a talk on building communities around Open Source.  For Mike, the key elements of creating an open source platform are:

  1. Great Technology
  2. Broad Adoption
  3. Architecture of Participation
  4. Hijacked by a Fanatical Community

His talk is excellent.  Eclipse is a cool blend of traditional hacker-driven open source, and corporate smarts due to the genes they inherited from inside IBM.  For instance, they have fixed release dates, and synchronize all elements of the release in order to get rid of the dependencies. 

Great stuff.  A heady blend of open source fandom, with street smart evangelism. 

{ 2 comments… add one }

  • Ellen Lee May 2, 2006, 7:16 pm

    Good stuff. R U an advocate for open source? what do you think eclipse can do to improve?

  • Alec May 3, 2006, 1:37 am

    Hey Ellen,

    I am neither explicitly for, nor against, open source. I think this piece I wrote a while ago would still accurately describe my point of view: http://saunderslog.com/technology/to-open-source-

    When there are good open source projects like Eclipse, Asterisk, Apache, Linux, etc out there, I don't see anything wrong with using them so long as the licensing terms allow you accomplish your business goals. Many of the criticisms which have been levelled at Open Source are not factually grounded, in my opinion, but the licensing criticism can be.

    I hesitate to tell you what to do at Eclipse because it's a project I am not very close to. I certainly found Mike's talk compelling though.

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