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Wednesday, October 24 • 17:05 - 17:45
Community vs. Enterprise: How Not to Piss off Your Community (and still be Profitable) - Colin Charles, GrokOpen

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Your popular OSS project gets corporate & VC backed. It flourishes with money in the bank. Its easier to sell an "enterprise spin-off" that is better than the currently "stable" community edition. Is one version better than the other? The community get annoyed but code complexity makes forking hard. Rewind.

From experience, learn what not to do (eg. Eucalyptus doing an Open Core model, spawning OpenStack), learn how to please management, and how to do a split well (eg. is it better for the userbase in the Elastic/Elasticsearch scenario? Red Hat and Fedora?). Marginal feature enhancements will also be looked at as well as ensuring that distributions shipping your product are happy. Is it wise to invent your own proprietary license (we'll look at MariaDB MaxScale and the Business Source License) at the expense of distribution?

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Colin Charles

Managing Consultant, GrokOpen
Colin Charles is the Managing Consultant at GrokOpen. Previously, Colin was on the founding team of MariaDB Server, worked at MySQL and Percona, and worked actively on the Fedora and OpenOffice.org projects. Colin has been a MySQL user since 2000. He’s well known within open source communities, enjoys building business and market entry in APAC and has spoken at many conferences... Read More →


Wednesday October 24, 2018 17:05 - 17:45
Cromdale Hall A, Level -2

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