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Matthew Aslett at 451 Group on the Beekeeper Model

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Matt Aslett at the 451 Group wrote a blog entry last week about the Beekeeper Model I developed.


He proposes that the analogy can be extended using the notion of ‘wild’ hives and blending to encompass commercial open source companies that are not of the single-vendor variety.

I’m glad he found the paper interesting. I think the analogy can be extended and applied as he proposes. In fact most commercial open source offerings are themselves blended. For example the JBoss, Pentaho, Alfresco, and Hyperic offerings include numerous Apache libraries so they are a mixture of ‘managed’ and ‘wild’ honey.

Maybe all this leads to alternatives to the ‘organic open source’ and ‘inorganic open source’ labels. I’m ok with the ‘organic’ term but the ‘non-organic’ doesn’t mean much to me. Maybe we should use ‘wild open source’ and ‘domestic open source’ instead?


Written by James

June 24, 2008 at 6:12 am

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  1. […] source development models Matthew Aslett, June 26, 2008 @ 6:12 am ET James Dixon has given the thumbs-up to my stretching his Bee Keeper analogy to explain open source development models (which is nice) […]

  2. […] discussion further exploring the bee keeper analogy, getting some reactions from Stormy Peters and James Dixon (original author of the Bee Keeper […]

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