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Community Software for Dummies!

Community Software is a term that was created to describe software which is compliant with Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) licenses as prescribed by the Free Software Foundation and Open Source Initiative. Its a term that we believe translates, more consistently, internationally and describes what we do more accurately. Community Software is about the value that software creates for business when developed without the burden of proprietary ownership.

Community Software is software that is licensed in way that makes it possible for the creators of software to collaborate with each other in order to make software better.  This means the user doesn't pay for a software license in order to use the software.  Instead they subscribe to services offered by solution providers to leverage the value of the software. 

Community Software promotes collaboration in software development and competition with respect to service provision.  This has the advantage of creating a choice of suppliers for the user and prevents vendor lock in. 

Services such as support, training, consulting and documentation are the focus of competition.  This makes for an fair and efficient marketplace to do business. #communitysoftware

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Community Software...A definition.

A year after the initial conversations concerning Community Software a major milestone was reached in October of 2015.  A formal definition of Community Software has been created and the formation of a non profit organisation will actively maintain that definition. 

In a series of articles, written Hussein Badakhchani, the principles of KnowIT (NoDev, NoOps and NoIT) layout the foundation for informing IT governance  for decision makers.  When applying these principles to the notion of Free and Open Source Software the idea of Community Software becomes self evident.  The articles have been received well and talks have been scheduled this year at:

The articles may be read here:

Whilst is can be said that all Community Software is FOSS not all FOSS is Community Software. This definition has been chosen to distinguish Community Software from existing FOSS by emphasizing its value, first and foremost, which is derived from the commercial viability of the solution providers and software vendors which develop, maintain and distribute it.  Code without community is like freedom without democracy or technology without best meaningless and at worst damn right dangerous.

We purposely choose to focus on community to make sure we ensure high standards in both the ethics and technology utilised in our communities.

How do you differentiate your FOSS project as a commercially viable, supported software solution, suitable for deployment in the enterprise?  What metrics should you be measuring?  Do you have service level agreements and are you monitoring incident response times?  Is your solution certified against industry standards bodies?

The Community Software Alliance (CSA) is developing a consulting instrument to qualify software solutions for commercial viability. Introducing CAPS (Capability, Availability, Performance and Security) analysis  is designed to allow IT decision makers to understand the strengths and weakness of FOSS solutions in the market place.

#communitysoftware #CAPS

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The complete series of 3IT articles referencing Community Software.  These articles are targeted at IT decision makers and make sure very interesting reading.  
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