October 6th, 2015

How Open Source transformed my career

[ This post is also published on opensource.com ]

I was introduced to open source through immersion, when I learned C and Perl in college. Compared to previous programming languages like BASIC and Pascal which I had learned only from textbooks, I learned C and Perl in the context of the Internet. I would ask […]

February 27th, 2012

Announcing Collabograte!

I’m happy to announce the open source Collabograte project, an integration platform for collaboration components!

https://github.com/kartiksubbarao/collabograte/

Mailing list: http://groups.google.com/group/collabograte collabograte@googlegroups.com

Collabograte helps you integrate collaboration components in your IT environment. Currently, it supports the following software packages:

Cyrus IMAP ejabberd INN MediaWiki OpenLDAP Postfix Sympa WordPress

Collabograte provides a reference virtual machine implementation that includes […]

April 25th, 2011

Open Source, Giving Freely, and Self Awareness

[ This article is also published on opensource.com ]

In a July 2010 post on opensource.com, Jonathan Opp wrote about the nature of giving and participating in a gift culture/economy. One point that he mentions is the benefit of giving freely, without strings attached. I’d like to expand on that, since I think there’s a […]

August 31st, 2009

Open Source and Interdependent IT

In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey presents a maturity continuum that progresses from dependence, to independence, and then to interdependence.

Dependence, Independence and Interdependence

Covey concisely observes: “Dependent people need others to get what they want. Independent people can get what they want through their own effort. Interdependent people combine […]

March 27th, 2009

Mental Models of Commerce and Community

Commerce and community play important roles in open source ecosystems. Companies are great at building capital and targeting it towards focused goals through products and services. Communities are great at bringing together like-minded people from all walks of life and advancing their common ideals. Together, commerce and community can be an unstoppable force for turning […]

February 20th, 2009

The Value of an Internal Open Source Community of Practice

One of the most enriching experiences of my career at Hewlett-Packard was serving as Global Lead for HP’s Open Source and Linux Profession (OSLP). The OSLP is HP’s company-wide community of practice for open source technologists, with thousands of members worldwide. Working to build the OSLP gave me insights into the value that an internal […]

January 31st, 2006

Personality Type and the Open Source Community

In The Jargon File, Eric Raymond does a great job of describing hackers, who dominate the thought of the open source community. He touches on personality type briefly in this document, and he also refers to it in other presentations. He points out that most hackers fit the NT personality types (INTP, INTJ, ENTP and […]