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New version of the Beekeeper Model for Commercial Open Source

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The first draft of the new Beekeeper Model for commercial open source is ready for feedback: click to download the PDF

The new version includes:

  • Analogies for proprietary development (Maple Syrup Farm) and open source projects (Wild Hives) in addition to the commercial open source model.
  • Introduction and analogy for Services/Support model (contributed by Matt Aslett at 451 Group)
  • External references section.
  • New overall flow.

I think it is a significant improvement over the original. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

Update – Feedback so far :

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April 9, 2009 at 3:39 pm

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  1. [...] Now James released the first draft of the new version asking for comments, and I am glad to give him some feedback again. [...]

  2. [...] bees and trees We noted last week that James Dixon, CTO of Pentaho, had updated his Beekeeper model for understanding the commercial-community relationships employed by vendors to [...]

  3. [...] James has updated the model, incorporating a number of changes, including some suggested by me as a means by which [...]

  4. [...] order to think about how to apply this thinking, Philippe offered the beekeeper model, which is an open source business model which separates the process of sharing knowledge from [...]

  5. [...] I noticed that James Dixon uses the term “single-vendor commercial open source” in his Beekeeper model, so this makes at least two of us who are unhappy with the use of “commercial open [...]


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