Open source projects also need to pay attention to the economy

Source: Internet
Author: User

This is due to the needs of the OSTC conference, received a copy of the CSDN interview. The text is slightly different from the CSDN website.

CSDN: Can you introduce yourself, Mr. Zhuang? Are you currently working in Huawei or are you focusing on promoting open Source services?
I joined Huawei in November 2013, and the main task is to build Huawei's endogenous community platform. To put it simply, the main objective of this work is to introduce the ideas, methods, development models and incentives of the open source community to Huawei, so that sixty thousand or seventy thousand of the developers within Huawei can develop collaborative activities in-house in an open source manner. (Open Source-Inner Source)

Before joining Huawei, I knew clearly that the work would be very difficult. However, to my surprise, within Huawei, from top to bottom, there are quite a lot of open source enthusiasts, open source fans, and even open source experts, actively promote the construction of this platform, in the efforts to promote the gradual transformation of internal culture, but also to promote the more open, and even more active participation in the open source community.

Overall, I think this change is promising. I am proud to be in it and contribute to it.

csdn:2012 the "Our Open Source project" activity you created so far, how is it progressing? is the publicity for open source much better?

In fact, the activities of the year, I just first put forward the initiative, not a person I created an activity. From the very beginning, there are a lot of enthusiastic friends, involved in the.

In the book "The Cathedral and the Bazaar", one of the experiences is that "when you lose interest in a project, your last duty is to make it a good successor." 」

Later, "Our Open source project" Activities, by the "open source power" of friends continue to flourish, and later launched the "Open source Power Open Class" a series of online, offline courses. At present also do well, I believe many friends also know.

As for the publicity of open source, I feel very difficult to assess. Overall, the domestic platform, media, channels, for open source projects, open source community, open source participants propaganda, has been more and more and better.

CSDN: Before 2.5, your advice to "developers who want to enter the open source field" is to "be cautious", what now? Is this open source area "dangerous" for newbies? When will this field become a paradise?

is still "cautious into", in fact, any time to do open source, are not dangerous. However: individual participation in open source, is always a small, lonely, most of the time there is not much to return things.

If you expect too much from the start, you are likely to quickly feel disappointed. Good psychological construction, open source has a deep understanding, and then in the open source, I think there will be a greater harvest.

CSDN: Is OpenSSL worth the sympathy? Article, you think that the failure of open source projects is mainly attributed to developers and managers, so what is the most important contribution developers want to get from outside? How to avoid project abortion?

In that article, in fact, there is a point of view, I did not express clearly: in the open-source community, in addition to open, warm, kind, mutual help side, there is also cold, cruel, even ruthless side.

In the same field, there may initially be as many as dozens of, hundreds of similar open source projects, have sprung up, each lead. Don't talk about projects that are always obscure, even those that once had a great time, and once new alternative technologies emerged, everyone began to shift their interest into a new craze. People no longer criticize, or even stop talking, and even forget about the open source projects. The so-called former wave died on the beach, that is the case. In contrast, OpenSSL is lucky enough.

I have always believed that the many ideas and practices of the Internet are rooted in open source. Here's just one example: attention economy. Open source projects, open source founders, are in fact equally eager to attract more attention. Some people are concerned about the use, feedback, and even criticism that the development of open source projects is crucial. This is also the point of view in Horon's article: "Using it is a help to it".

Need to differentiate between the most wanted to get help, with the most valuable help. What you want most is attention, and the most valuable patch. There's a steady stream of patches for my project, which is the most valuable contribution. Of course, this needs to have the right attitude. The "Right attitude" in the cathedral and the Bazaar. This is the key to avoiding project abortion. As for the "right attitude", it is advisable to read through the book "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" as well.

CSDN: You've been looking at Docker-related books lately, what do you think about the future trends and directions of Docker?

I recently wrote an article, "Experience.exe," to discuss a phenomenon: After the advent of Docker-represented container technology, the experience that can be implemented becomes much easier.
Of course, this is just a very narrow observation angle. In fact, the advent of Docker has the potential to change everything. Last time a friend in a technology group said: ""docker is not a silver bullet ", and my view is:"docker will not be silver bullets, but the container technology is the future can be confirmed. 」

From a container perspective, we are able to rethink: "Operating systems and distributions, service architecture and architecture design, automated operations and monitoring, automated deployment and virtualization, automated testing, collaborative development models ..." New business opportunities will also be nurtured.

Of course, I always say "Docker", not just Docker. As mentioned in the previous question: "It is also possible that the former wave is dead on the beach."

CSDN: If an open source community in the development process closer to advertising, commercial propaganda, and so on, gradually deviate from the original direction, how to do to restore the image in the user's mind?

Only ads I don't need are ads that I resent. Of course, better, more technical content of the ads, it is necessary to spend their minds. It is important to make good use of the money by standing up to earn it.

In addition, this is actually a matter of gold content. The better the content of the community, the more users can tolerate community ads. Based on high-quality content, making money is not difficult.

Finally, restoring the image is the hardest thing to do. Ever a knave, the impression is bad, it is difficult to recover.

CSDN: How do you understand the theme of the OSTC Congress "community is better than code"?

Community and code, I think, is the relationship between soil and seed. Without soil, seeds cannot be rooted, sprouted, and thrive. However, the fertile soil, no seeds planted, nothing will grow out.

A bustling community will certainly help open-source projects to grow better. However, I think another sentence is also important: "talk is cheap, show me your code."

So, I think that "the community that can help the community, the code-focused communities, is the real good community."

CSDN: Just asked about the problem of community building, how does the open source community coordinate the relationship of business propaganda?

The golden mean is important, too lofty, rejecting any commercial community, it is also difficult to grow and develop.

Therefore, the consensus of community members is important. Compared with the opinions of divergent views, the background of operational data, is a more important basis for reference.

In other words, create ad positions, advertise, and then look at the data and decide how to adjust. This will be more secure.

csdn:2014 years in the open source of big events or more, how do you think the next year, years of open source prospects?

Read an article before, the title is "open source has been outright, but this is not the end." In my opinion, more and more commercial companies are beginning to realize the value of open source, and therefore each of their own destination into the open source, in the original open source hackers, this is not necessarily a good thing.

Open source as a kind of label, open Source as a slogan, open source as a corporate image, open source as a means, open source as a business model, in many people who really love open source, it is often not the appetite.

Of course, it is not a good thing to go back to the mean, refusing business, questioning motives, presupposition, or even panic.

Overall, I think the next few years of open source, will certainly be more prosperous, more and more lively, attracting more and more participants and even spoilers, this is a good thing. It's still a long way from the open source.

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Open source projects also need to pay attention to the economy

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