About Open Source Value Creation and Consumption 

The relationship between open source communities and vendors keeps being a topic of debate these days. Simon Phipps at the South Tyrol Free Software Conference gave a talk about his “software freedom scorecard“, a method to indicate the approach vendors take to promote software freedom as part of their business strategies.

Matt Asay says we have to get used to companies separating their open-source efforts from their revenue models. We may be talking of  “fauxpen source” vendors in this case – as originally named by Taurus Balog –  but it doesn’t necessarily cut open development out of the equation.

I want to make my point by having a look at how differently two companies have been building a business strategy around Apache projects. (More …)