is IT. Sharing the non-competitive 80% of your stack in the makes you more competitive. It allows to focus on the 20% that set you apart.

Open Source solves a lot of the basic problems in any stack that allow enterprises to focus on their specific competitive edge. In the past they believed they have to own the whole stack. But that’s changing.

We have seen companies forking open source projects and add features that didn’t go upstream. And how they learned the hard way that this approach means they now β€œown” their fork and have to support it.

Smart CIOs and architects start to understand why upstream is king. How much time and money can be saved by participating instead of forking.

The cost of supporting your internal fork is just not justifiable.

@jwildeboer 1000Γ— this. Almost every time I have seen a company fork a project and not make a point to *work upstream* (not just drive-by PRs that never pass a review), they spend *more* time constantly rebasing or fighting upstream instead of making the ecosystem better.

@jwildeboer And I’m saying this having worked on projects on both sidesβ€”upstream and downstream. Working with the upstream, contributing directly means you actually get a lot of pull within the project, while also ensuring your needs are considered in future development.

@cassidyjames the big lesson, that is often counterintuitive to hierarchical companies, is that giving up ownership and control in exchange for participation delivers better results, lower cost and more happy people. Weird ;)

@jwildeboer ...sais the company that goes to great lengths to maintain their own forks of ancient Linux kernels πŸ˜‰

@galaxis while forward porting and back porting bug fixes and features since 20+ years. We promise ABI/API stability for our distribution and happily understand and shoulder the cost for these forks.

@galaxis @jwildeboer if you want to criticize RedHat please do, but it would get better traction if it were any of things they could arguably be criticized for.
There are plenty of decisions that company has made that you might see as horrible. They do however contribute very very very much to the FOSS world and is dedicated to the "upstream first" model.
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