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September 4, 2008 8:56 am

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Our resident community manager Joe “Zonker” Brockmeier has started his new blog at ZDNet, Community, Incorporated. His stated goal: bridging the gap between external communities and the corporate parent, especially (but not limited to) companies working with or sponsoring (or both) open source projects.

The “business of open source” is seen by many as oxymoronic (or is that just plain ‘moronic’?), yet open source software is expected to be a nearly $6 billion business by 2011, according to IDC. And while corporate customers have wholeheartedly adopted open source and the open source model, there is still often a gulf separating the community that drives open source developments and the many companies that sponsor those projects.

Zonker’s well positioned to tackle this problem: he is the community manager for openSUSE, the community Linux distribution sponsored by Novell. Prior to joining Novell, Joe worked as a technology journalist primarily covering the Linux and FOSS beat, and wrote for a number of publications, such as Linux Magazine, Linux.com, Sys Admin, UnixReview.com, IBM developerWorks, Linux Weekly News, Enterprise Linux Magazine, and ZDNet.

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