One of the things I’m most excited about as I start my new job at New Kind is that I have the opportunity to continue to do work with Red Hat. Today, in the spirit of release early, release often, Red Hat opened the doors to a new website, opensource.com. In addition to my work here at Dark Matter Matters, I’ll also be writing for the Business channel of opensource.com.
It is the beginning of a conversation about how the world can apply the lessons of the open source way broadly– in business, in government, in education, in the law, and generally in our lives. Unlike most other open source sites, it is not just about software. From the site:
The term open source began as a way to describe software source code and the collaborative model for how it’s developed. Red Hat used this model for developing technology and built a business model around open source and its principles: Openness. Transparency. Collaboration. Diversity. Rapid prototyping… The open source way is more than a development model; it defines the characteristics of a culture.
Although this site was started by Red Hat, it is not intended to be a Red Hat site, but rather a site where the open source conversation is extended to all companies and organizations, even beyond the technology industry. Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst states it really well in his introductory post:
…we think of this site as a “Red Hat community service.” Meaning: all ideas are welcome, and all participants are welcome.
This will not be a site for Red Hat, about Red Hat. Instead this will be a site for open source, about the future.
What you see today is only a beginning. In the spirit of open source, we are releasing the site early. We will grow its functionality and content over time based on ideas we create together.
With your help, this will be a place that connects people, creates dialog, and– if we dare to dream– maybe even changes the world a little bit for the better.
I’m honored to be writing for opensource.com, and hope you’ll go take a look. But don’t stop there– opensource.com needs your ideas and participation.
So sign up, post a comment, post an idea– whether on one of the topics covered or on what you think the site itself should become.