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#OSCON 2015 and the Rise of Open Source Offices

I had a fantastic time at OSCON last week. It was a crazy busy week for Twitter announcing that we are helping form the Cloud Native Computing Foundation and unifying some of the work that has been going on in the Kubernetes and Mesos ecosystems:

It’s rare that you see two communities and the large companies behind them put their egos besides and do what is better for everyone in the long term in the infrastructure space. We also formally joined the Open Container Initiative and plan on donating an AppC C++ implementation in the future:

Thank you to everyone who came to our ping pong tournament party and learned a bit more about the sport of table tennis:

We also had a great @TODOGroup panel at OSCON discussing how different companies are running and establishing open source offices… along with what works and some lessons learned:

Finally, thank you to everyone who came to my talk about lessons learned from Twitter creating its open source office on Thursday:

It’s always amazing to see how many companies are starting to form open source offices, from my talk I tried to highlight some of the better known ones from larger companies and even startups (along with their mission statements):

I really expect this trend to continue in the future, for example Box is looking to hire their first Head of Open Source and even  Guy Martin was just hired to create and run an open source office at Autodesk… Autodesk!

At the end of the day, as more businesses become software companies to some nature, they will naturally depend on a plethora of open source software. Businesses will look to find ways to build better relationships with the open source communities their software depends on to maximize value for their business, it’s in their best interests.

  • We might be easy to miss as a young, small company (), but we (IBM) have had open source developers since 1999 when we founded the IBM Linux Technology Center ( ) and now have our Cloud division Open Technologies organization ( ) that is active in Docker, CloudFoundry, and OpenStack communities and had a large contingent at #OSCON speaking on various open source topics.

  • Thanks Phil, I definitely remember IBM as I worked there awhile ago making Eclipse successful and remember the fun times going through the Open Source Review Board.

    I would be really curious to see if it is the oldest open source office/center, I was trying to dig up some history as part of the presentation but didn’t have time to find the oldest one out there:

    It would definitely be an interesting exercise to do so and I may do a more targeted presentations on just the History of Open Source Offices.


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