Saturday, January 29, 2011

Marc on Hudson/Jenkins

I haven't been tracking the Hudson/Jenkins issue in depth, but from what I do know I have to agree with Marc. Community is critical to the success of an open source project, and if your licence allows a fork of the code then it's also possible to fork the community too. Even if forking the code isn't possible, if you don't embrace, support and nurture your communities then they'll either go elsewhere or start a competitive effort themselves. This may sound strange, but this is one of the things that I love about working in open source: it's not just about having the best technology; you need to have the best communities too.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, this is a good example how trademarks and similar trickery cannot keep community under control. Especially when one wants to keep all the benefits from the community and give back just a little.