More on the Sakai/Jasig Merger

Michael Feldstein, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, May 01, 2012
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Michael Feldstein explains the dynamics behind the proposed merger of the Sakai (an LMS) and Jasig (ePortal solutions) communities into one overarching community that would be called the Apereo Foundation (which would be modeled roughly on the Apache Foundation). He focuses on the 'community source' model, in which development is by and fora particular community, rather than (say) the general public. This model, he argues, makes sense when the acquisition cost of the commercial product is high, and when communities want to control their own futures. But as the product matures and as the commercial market commodifies, there is less inclination for community members to donate to development or even community support, hence the need for a foundation to manage the projects. What this tells me is that both projects have reached a kind of end point.

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