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Cookie Lickers, Headless Chickens & Other Open Source Troublemakers

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Open source projects can attract toxic personality types -- and well-meaning bad influences -- along with other problems that can send them off in the wrong directions. Red Hat's Dave Neary laid out some of the problems, and how to fix them, in a breezy talk here at the OPNFV Summit.

"Some people with the best of intentions engage in behaviors that harm the community," said Neary, a member of the open source and standards team at Red Hat Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT) He added that he's engaged in some of this non-productive behavior himself at times.

Comms companies are increasingly participating in open source projects as they seek the agility and innovation required in the New IP economy. But they can encounter pitfalls along the way.

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