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XWiki.org vs XWiki.com, or how a commercial entity can cohabitate with an open source project and still play it "fair".

XWiki.org vs XWiki.com, or how a commercial entity can cohabitate with an open source project and still play it "fair".

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  • 1. XWiki.org vs XWiki.com Vincent Massol (vincent@xwiki.com) 9 February 2010
  • 2. Presentation: Vincent Massol ● 10 years doing open source development ● 7 years as a « pure player »  (i.e. Not paid) ● Creator of Cargo, Cactus, committer on Maven ● Founder OSSGTP ● Wrote several books on JUnit and Maven ● XWiki developer since 2005 ● CTO of XWiki SAS since December 2006 ● Blog: http://massol.net ● Twitter: vmassol
  • 3. Presentation: XWiki.org ● Open source project at http://xwiki.org ● Second Generation Enterprise Wiki ● Generic Web development platform ● LGPL licence ● 15 active committers
  • 4. Presentation: XWiki SAS ● Commercial company at http://xwiki.com ● Business Model ● Support, custom development, training, hosting, consulting ● No proprietary code, all under LGPL license ● 28 employees (12 committers, 7 contributors)
  • 5. Community-Driven Open Source ● Business-friendly licence (e.g. LGPL) ● Separate XWiki.org & XWiki.com sites ● Meritocracy ● All Community members have the same power ● Benefits for Users ● Assurance the project won't disappear ● Allow investing on it ● Especially since XWiki is a dev platform ● Benefits for XWiki SAS ● Viral spread + international development ● Ecosystem which can compete with companies with more money (requires extension system)
  • 6. How not to be « Evil » ● Published Project Governance (http://dev.xwiki.org) ● Published Company Manifesto and Values ● http://www.xwiki.com/xwiki/bin/view/About/Values ● http://www.xwiki.com/xwiki/bin/view/About/Manifesto ● Votes for anything important, with veto ● Vote for accepting new committers ● Need good quality patches, takes 3-6+ months of continuous patch for XWiki SAS newcomers to get voted in, same process as anyone else
  • 7. Handling Conflicts of Interest ● Make sure to have committers not from the company ● Veto for all votes and vote all important decisions ● Roadmaps, new committers, etc ● Dedicate a person responsible for the well being of the community ● Dedicated XWiki SAS developers for the open source project ● All code under an open source license
  • 8. Future Improvements ● Defined Governance for XWiki.org content ● Proposal sent: http://markmail.org/thread/3mpyhk6u5addevag ● Add ads but same rules for everyone. ● Special distributions on xwiki.com ● To draw non-tech users ● More Bounties ● Non profit association