Red Hat has launched “Opensource.com” as the town square for the “open source” community http://opensource.com/should-be/10/1/welcome-conversation-opensourcecom. It provides for a single location to discuss the legal, social and economic consequences of the open source model. This site comes at an inflection point for the FOSS community: FOSS is now ubiquitous and many of the earlier battles for credibility and acceptance are won. Yet, with those victories, the FOSS community finds itself facing new challenges, such as how to deal with managing the numerous modules of open source in many products in a consistent manner (the so called “Bill of Materials” problem) and the continuing problem of dealing with patents http://opensource.com/law/10/2/looking-out-bilski-software-patents-v-foss. And open source is now being viewed as a model for collaboration beyond software http://opensource.com/business/10/2/what-could-politicians-learn-open-source-way. These discussions cut across wide variety of topics and have been spread out across many sites and blogs.
Opensource.com provides a forum to discuss these topics in one place and the opportunity to collaborate in the best tradition of the FOSS community. However, the site will only be valuable if it is used by the community. Red Hat has done the community a great favor and provided the platform, but now the community needs to step up and participate in the discussion. Let’s get to it!
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