[OOTB-hive] Community contributions to Alfresco Software - Can OOTB make sure it is properly rewarded?

Heiko Robert heiko.orderofthebee.info at ecm4u.de
Thu Aug 21 21:06:46 BST 2014

Hi Richard,

thanks a lot for your feedback and your engagement. I don't want to 
speak for Peter but give you a feeling what customers think about 
Alfresco already using this feature long time with the addon from Peter 
and Will. I'm sure he is pretty aware what he is doing when he chooses 
Apache license. The first statement from one of our customers: "Wer 
hat's erfunden? LOL (who has invented it)" - this is a funny quote from 
a german commercial for swiss cough candys convicting a poser saying he 
made the best drops. So it's not just the communication to the 
contributor - this behavior is also bad marketing from Alfresco to the 
enterprise customers.

It's more or less not what Alfresco mentions (or leaves out to mention) 
but the way you do it. Since we do not adorn ourselve with borrowed 
plumes, we would like to get straight here:
If we did not develop the soup, we shouldn't announce it as ours... I 
can't belive it was a descision of a single developer to integrate the 
addon without any mention to the developer and to put it as a new 
feature on the release note and blogs that way.

Let's work on it.


Am 21.08.2014 20:06, schrieb Richard Esplin:
> For Alfresco to accept a contribution, we need rights to re-license it for
> inclusion in Enterprise Edition. We either get those rights by making sure
> code we use is already licensed under a liberal license (Apache), or by
> getting a contribution agreement.
> When you release your code, you should make sure that the license you pick
> supports your goals.
> I agree that our engineering team needs to get better at working with
> contributors. Our team often duplicates work that the community has already
> done. I hope I can help Alfresco to accept more contributions, and be more
> proactive in communicating with contributors. The way to achieve this goal is
> through education and cooperation.

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