Becoming an Open-Source Project

I’ve been working on the concept of open-source-volunteerism for several months, for the most part inside the IBM firewall. I’ll write more in future posts about the origins of this effort and why I believe this presents a very exciting opportunity.

I resumed my blog and wrote the numerous posts that closed out “Release 1” and started what I’m calling “release 2” as I realized it was time to move outside the firewall, to engage the community and seek a wider audience.

In doing so I plan to play by the open source “rules” as I understand them, as open source is about much more than just freely available code. It’s also about the development model that has resulted in the creation of so much high-quality code in open source form.

So look at this work as an open source project. If you find me not playing by the rules, please let me know. If you want to help out, just dive in — all are welcome.

But before you start posting let me anticipate one objection and try to answer it right off the bat.

Question: Dave, this is a blog, not a project. How can you run an open source project using just a blog? You’re at the helm, the most we can do is post comments.
Answer: Right you are. I agree completely. I hope to move to the open source infrastructure you have every right to expect. I’m blogging away here just to kick off that effort, and am intentionally doing all work going forward in the open so all can see what’s going on.

We’re going to work in full public view.


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