If you have been in the open source game for the past 10-20 years, you probably heard something like this "Yeah, well, they should just use the Red Hat business model; it works for them!" They are right, it works for them, but does it work for any other company?

Sid Sijbrandij, co-founder and CEO of GitLab, wrote this article that says the Red Hat model only worked for Red Hat, and I have to agree with him. I would love it if everything were 100% free and open source, but for some reason, no organization (at Red Hat's scale) can figure it out.

Is open core the future of open source? No. But I agree with Sid's other article that predicts that open core will replace proprietary software as the default, and that is something that open source community will have made possible.

Will you be at PyCon? If so, there will be a SustainOSS meetup on Thursday. RSVP here!

Is it time to tip open source developers?

Thomas Claburn · The Register

"Armin Nehzat, co-founder and head of growth at thanks.dev, believes the distribution of funds can be made more even by letting donations flow down the dependency tree."

The EU's Proposed CRA Law May Have Unintended Consequences for the Python Ecosystem

Deb Nicholson · PSF Blog

"After reviewing the proposed Cyber Resilience Act and Product Liability Act, the PSF has found issues that put the mission of our organization and the health of the open-source software community at risk."

GitHub Accelerator: our first cohort and what’s next

Kara Sowles · GitHub Blog

"In November 2022 we announced GitHub Accelerator, an exploration into what sustainable open source could look like. GitHub Accelerator is a 10-week program where open source maintainers receive an initial sponsorship of $20K to work on their project, paired with guidance and workshops from open source leaders, with an end goal of building durable streams of funding for their work. "


#49 · The Red Hat model

...just use the Red Hat business model; it works for them!