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Bootsy Collins On Participation, Contribution and Feeling The Funk

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“You have to bring some funk to get some. You just can’t walk in a place and expect to get some funk. If you ain’t bring no funk, then you can’t get no funk… Another thing is, you can’t fake the funk or your nose will grow.”

These are core tenets for making a contribution or engaging in The Participation Age.

Bootsy could just as easily have been talking about credibility in open source.

So what firms are bringing the funk and who has a long nose? Who is bringing the funk?

IBM has the funk

Mozilla has the funk

Sun has the funk

SourceLabs has the funk

Who is faking the funk? I am feeling nice this morning, so I will leave the negatives to my commenters. Come on folks, do you worst. And for those that insist on negativity, you may well find some skepticism in the “credibility” link above…


  1. Boeing, with its fake blogs.
    HP’s blogs aren’t much better. I wrote about them at http://richi.co.uk/blog/2005/08/on-corporate-blogs-hps-yale-tankus.html

  2. Wow. Now stepping up to join the Rubber Band, by acclamation of the Governor of sources, no less. Our deep gratitude to you in the P-funk way. Here’s to one world, under the groove.

    Cornelius and the crew at SourceLabs.

  3. How cool is this? What a compliment. We have the funk… Thank you. It looks like I now have a lot to learn about Starchild, Lollypop Man, Bootsy and Sir Nose.

    Proud to be a Funkateer, and working toward Funkadelia.

    ClaireG and gang at OpenSolaris (proud to be part of the Sun community too)


  4. Yeah, the open source mentality has definitely taken hold in many parts of IBM. One really positive sign I’ve noticed recently on several projects is that the team realizes we need some capability or technology and the first response is: “is there an open source component with commercial-friendly license terms that we can use?” whereas before the default mindset was “let’s build it ourselves from scratch and let’s add every conceivable feature so that it will meet the toughest scalability challenges”.

    The main benefit of open source from my perspective as a developer is that you get a component that works today (vs. chartware) and you sign up for a whole bunch of future innovations basically for free.

  5. James, for what it’s worth, YOU got da funk too.


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