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Open Source software today is often driven by a mix of volunteer contributors and corporate employees, together forming the communities around the projects. There are examples where appropriation of ...

Open Source software today is often driven by a mix of volunteer contributors and corporate employees, together forming the communities around the projects. There are examples where appropriation of volunteer contributions by a commercial entity has led to defection of community members or to forks. For Free Software communities, striking the balance of influence of volunteer and commercial contributors is vital for their viability. This presentation will explain the measures the KDE project took to achieve such a balance, contrast that with the efforts of other projects and analyze what can be learned from it.

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    • Companies are Community Managing Trust in mixed commercial and volunteer communities Open Source Forum @ Cebit 2012 Mirko Boehm (mirko@kde.org)Saturday, March 10, 12 1
    • Free Software can be commercial. So what is the problem?Saturday, March 10, 12 2
    • CWD: ~ miroslav@silberpfeil: >whoami - KDE Contributor since 1997: -- Hacking (kdecore, kdepim, applications) -- board member 1999 to 2006 -- Desktop Summit 2011 - FSFE Germany team member - researching Free Software and Intellectual Property issues at TU Berlin - married, two kids, lives in Berlin CWD: ~ miroslav@silberpfeil: >Saturday, March 10, 12 3
    • Potential points of conflict • Crowding out • Attribution for commercial use • Viability of the community • Embedded knowledge • Copyright, trademark issuesSaturday, March 10, 12 4
    • The constitution of KDESaturday, March 10, 12 5
    • Community • Meritocracy of all those who contribute • Self-directed • All doors open approach • (S)He who does the work decidesSaturday, March 10, 12 6
    • KDE e.V. • Stakeholder’s association of contributors • Only individual membership, no entities • Invite-only membership • Passive, supporting membership modelsSaturday, March 10, 12 7
    • Fair Collaboration What would that be?Saturday, March 10, 12 8
    • Rights • Influence development • Be part of the community, collaborate • Exercise the Four Freedoms • Benefit from own contributions • ?Appropriate the results? • ?Build IP?Saturday, March 10, 12 9
    • Responsibilities • Be open about goals • Be transparent about activities • Be committed longer-term • Be generous • Be humbleSaturday, March 10, 12 10
    • Decision Making • One member, one vote • One commit, one vote • One $€¥£, one vote All of these have been observed in the wild.Saturday, March 10, 12 11
    • Learn and AdaptSaturday, March 10, 12 12
    • Der eingetragene Verein • Formalizes idea of communities working on a common goal • Stakeholders equivalent of shareholders association • Supports continuity • Leaves project in the hands of the community • Tendency to make it a lot more complicated than it is :-)Saturday, March 10, 12 13
    • GoodSaturday, March 10, 12 14
    • Good KDE e.V.’s constitution guarantees that KDE remains independent. KDE is one of very few prototypical Free Software communities with little external influence.Saturday, March 10, 12 15
    • BadSaturday, March 10, 12 16
    • Bad KDE e.V.’s constitution guarantees that KDE remains independent. KDE is one of very few prototypical Free Software communities with little external influence.Saturday, March 10, 12 17
    • Maybe together?Saturday, March 10, 12 18
    • KDE in 2012 ...and beyond • Revisit KDE’s structured value proposition for corporate contributors. • Pro-actively leverage synergies to exploit ecosystem dynamics. • Apply cascading platform game plan to increase utility on a macro- economic and political scale. This result-driven strategy will put KDE on the fast track to global market penetration.Saturday, March 10, 12 19
    • KDE in 2012 ...and beyond • Ok, let’s do that again...Saturday, March 10, 12 20
    • KDE in 2012 ...and beyond • Establish an easy way for interested companies to become part of the KDE community. • Allow companies to promote their interest in the project. • Equal footing, no preferential treatment of volunteers or companies. New KDE corporate contributor program to be announced later this year.Saturday, March 10, 12 21
    • Thank you! Questions?Saturday, March 10, 12 22
    • References http://www.flickr.com/photos/thinkfat/4759419053 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JustitiaSaturday, March 10, 12 23