Open source projects have a lot of offer to users, developers, and community members, but can they add value to downstream software products? The balance between open source communities and the demands of a commercial products can be a tricky one. Even in a company dedicated to open source, there is always a push-and-pull about the value of the upstream vs. the downstream. Here’s how one community analyst strives to keep the balance between the needs of commercial and community.
* Is open core the only way to go? (Psst… no) * When does value-add to upstream detract from downstream? * Should communities be “managed”? * Is marketing the coming of evil for a community?