31 January 2010

Red Hat promotes "open source way" by new collaborative website

Red Hat, Inc. believes that "the open source way can change our world in the same way the open source model has changed how software is created" and thus launched the website opensource.com in order to "shine a light on the places where the open source way is multiplying ideas and effort, even beyond technology".

On opensource.com this "open source way" is defined to be about exchange, participation, rapid prototyping, meritocracy, and comunity and thus has the power to "change our society, how we work, our government (not forgetting to mention President Obama's famous "change" campain) and how we learn".

Besides this rather theoretical and idealistic mission statements (which sound a bit like "social media marketing" at least to my ears), opensource.com also comes up with a law channel, which is about more concrete and software-related issues such as "is IP another bubble about to burst?", "the free software way" or "some thoughts on software patents and the Supreme Court", all of which coming to a conclusion being much in line with the company's well-known attitude towards patent protection and intellectual property ("so called") - but that's OK.