Open Source Software Project… What is it good for?
It’s free! It’s for the community! It’s the future of software! It’s better than closed! Everyone is doing it! It drives innovation! It’s the way of Steve Jobs (huh?)… And, it’s free!
I mean, seriously.
All I hear is nothing but the presuppositions on the greatness of open source — how it will greatly benefit you and your great organization.
But, can someone tell me how an open source project will benefit itself for being out in the open?
Yes, open source is free. Yes, you can download it and use it without paying a dime, which is fantastic by anyone’s standard.
Then, you will soon realize, “Wait, that sounds just too good to be true. There must be something they get in return for giving it away for free.”
Yes, it is absolutely true, and it comes down to this one crucial benefit:
It turns out, among those freeloaders, there exist these rare kinds who defy intuition and want to give it back for some reason — there are those who want to share their abilities to fix things, the abilities to break things, the abilities to point out flaws, the abilities to compliment beauty, the abilities to talk smack, and the abilities to appreciate what others have done.
When the project is out in the open, feedback from these enthusiasts comes in various forms, in very chaotic ways, which is overwhelming at first. However, every single interaction with these folks contributes to one significant attribute of the open source project — it pushes the quality of the software.
Eucalyptus has been striving to achieve an incomparable goal, that is to be the most tested, thus the most stable, in turn, the most dependable cloud infrastructure in the open. It has been a long and tough road for us to march on through the ups-and-downs of tech-industry turmoil. However, the commitment toward this goal has been unwavering.
In part of the effort to become the most dependable open source cloud infrastructure, Eucalyptus is welcoming all community members to participate in the quality assurance process of Eucalyptus development.
OPEN QA for Eucalyptus Wiki Page:
OPEN QA Website (Beta Version):
Every community member is invited to check out the Open QA website on a daily basis and provide feedback and criticism on the development process of Eucalyptus.
You will find Eucalyptus developers engaging in active conversations on the IRC channels: #eucalyptus, #eucalyptus-devel, and #eucalyptus-qa on irc.freenode.net. Or, you may also prefer posting your thoughts on a forum via: https://engage.eucalyptus.com Or, please feel free to directly file bugs on Eucalyptus via JIRA at: https://eucalyptus.atlassian.net/browse/EUCA
But, in whichever way you decide to engage with us, please never hesitate to:
Live long and prosper \\//
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