Don Goodman-Wilson

Engineer, teacher, philosopher. Time travel paradox resolution consultant. Developer advocacy evangelist. he/him

Open Source is More than a License

Given at DevRel/Asia 2020.

The Open Source Initiative’s definition of open source focuses exclusively on how open source software (OSS) is licensed. This narrow definition often colors how we think of our OSS programs, frequently leading us to view them as primarily cost-cutting measure for our company. But the spirit of open source goes far beyond just licensing: Open source is defined by its community-driven, collaborative mode of software development. So it should be no surprise that the best open source programs have a laser focus on building thriving communities. Instead of being focused on licensing, we should be thinking about why we want an open source community in the first place, and what steps we need to take to get there.

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