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The True Cost of Open Source Software: New White Paper from ActiveState

By Shannon Yelland, March 2, 2010

Distilling the Debate: Is Open Source Software for You?

If you have researched open source software, even just a little, you’ve likely encountered two distinct worldviews:

  1. believers
  2. skeptics

Believers celebrate open source as free, collaborative code. In this paradigm, open source software isn’t just a free licensing model; it is a movement for building better, more flexible software. But, that’s just one side of the story. Open source skeptics raise compelling counterarguments for why open source software and the enterprise don’t mix.

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The cost of open source software

By Bart Copeland, February 17, 2010

Open source not freeMuch has been said in our inner open source circles about the cost of open source. But now, people outside the inner circle are understanding the value and costs associated with open source. Open source software bits are generally freely available for download, so the acquisition costs are low.

Category: open source, perl, python

Top 5 Tips for Managing Open Source Developers: Don't Forget the Beer Fridge!

By Bart Copeland, February 16, 2010

Beer oclockJust over 4 years ago I was presented with the privileged opportunity of leading ActiveState as its CEO. I say privileged because ActiveState is comprised of a group of very smart and very passionate individuals (aka "Activators") and it is not every day that an opportunity like this presents itself. However, when you are entrusted to lead a group of open source developers, you need to adjust your leadership style.

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What managers don't know about their developers using open source components

By Jeff Hobbs, January 29, 2010

In Jeffrey Hammond's recent article on Dr. Dobb's (What Developers Think, January 16, 2010), his survey results highlighted something we have known for some time based on the developers and companies that we talk to:

Managers don't know everything their developers are using or doing.

His survey showed that:

  • 80% of developers say they use open source components for development or application deployment

Intellectual Property and Open Source - Five Lessons Learned

By Shannon Yelland, January 28, 2010

copyrightThe following is a guest post from Romuald Restout VP, Product Development at Arbita and President and Chairperson of the Board of HR-XML

Category: ActiveBlog, open source

ActiveState sponsors Open Source Bridge

By , May 13, 2009

ActiveState is proud to be a sponsor of Open Source Bridge 2009.

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