Re: Three Pillars Of Open Source Governance
Thanks for this, Nathen. My immediate reaction was: "These seem like pretty common-sense points when it comes to Open Source." The more I thought about it as a I read, though, the more I realized that these points take on a new meaning when you scale them up to the enterprise level. What would be a simple faux pas for an indepedent user can be a huge misstep for an Enterprise, and it takes that much more effort to make sure your intentions are understood and that they come off as genuine. That goes double if we're talking about Enterprises that may be breaking into Open Source for the first time (either as a customer or as a sponsor). These are points that are worth repeating and re-evaluating in the face of a new wave of large-scale open source projects and ever-changing enterprise needs.
One thing I couldn't stress enough is to respect that boundry between commercial and open-source. The tip you gave about not stepping on the existing community's toes rings very true, and many would be surprised just how much and how quickly this can damage a project. Know your audience. These are smart, informed people who know their project, and more often than not, know their way around corporate politics. You can't pull a fast one on them, and even an unintentional lack of transparency can be interpreted very harshly. They'll know when something smells bad right away, and unlike your own employees, they have no incentive to stick around, and no reason not to tell others about everything you're doing wrong. I'd add that, too - accept there are some limits on how much control you'll have over things.