Opening Sourcing Commercial Software - Apache Traffic Server
When a company decides to open source software there are a lot of details to consider. There are security concerns, software license issues, patent ownership issues, trade mark ownership, existing software contracts, and possibility meeting the requirements of organizations like the Apache Foundation.
I will talk about how we handled each of these issues when open sourcing Traffic Server and why we chose to open source our code with the Apache Foundation. I will talk about the pros and cons of open sourcing and as a company what we did well and didn't do well.
Open sourcing was beneficial to the Traffic Server project. As a company it is important to know how to help a foster a community and benefit from the open source development process.