So you're thinking of creating an open source community around
your code? Here are some things you ought to know before you make
your plans too firm.Community Types: There is no single "open
source community." Rather, there are many groups of people gathered
around many free software commons. Those gatherings are themselves
of several different types; you really need to understand those
differences. Payment at the Point of Value: Open source is of
course free software. But the freedom you're finding brings you
value varies depending on the role you play with respect to the
software. "Free" doesn't mean the same to everyone. Open Core Is
Bad For You: The "open core" business model is popular with
VC-funded startup companies but does not deliver the core freedoms
from which lasting business value for customers is derived.
Transparency and Privacy: The key success factor in an open source
community is the equality of all the participants. A strong
community is characterized by high levels of transparency about the
project coupled with strong respect for the privacy of the
participants. Read why you should not impose your business model on
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