FAQs About BMC and Open Source

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    What does open source mean to BMC?

    BMC is committed to being completely open with the community. BMC views the open source community as a vital part of enterprise innovation, creating a forum for open collaboration with users. By maintaining a strong open source initiative, BMC is better positioned to meet the needs of customers, and increase the value of our solutions, while driving the future of IT through BSM.

    What type of open source licensing is BMC using? Why?

    A single, permissive license. BMC has elected to use the BSD license to be able to grant any and all rights we can to our community. While there are many other OSI-approved licenses, the BSD license is the most open license available in the market today.

    To date, what has BMC provided as open source?

    BMC has worked with customers, partners, and the community at large to provide various adapter technologies and complete solutions as open source. The adapters integrate various open source and commercial projects by taking certain information out of various data repositories and integrating the data into a configuration management database (CMDB). These projects include open source integrations with Altiris®, CiscoWorks®, LANDesk® Asset Manager, and HP OpenView AssetCenter. Other projects BMC has released to open source include CMSFS, SULoginv, and MidWatch.

    What are BMC's plans for providing its products as free and open source software?

    BMC's goals in creating a long-term open source strategy are to focus on integrating open source into BSM and our existing business model to provide benefits to both BMC customers and the community at large. We will continue to openly communicate our intentions with the industry and community.

    Why is BSM important to open source?

    BMC believes that BSM is the key to aligning business and IT. Currently, many open source solutions are point products that do not offer integration with one another, let alone a comprehensive enterprise management strategy. By integrating BSM with open source, BMC provides our customers and the overall community with the solutions they are looking for and the ability to map open source management tools directly to their business strategy.

    Why is BMC getting more involved in the open source community?

    Open source is one of a number of ways BMC continuously involves our customers and the community in the design, development, and delivery of our solutions. BMC believes that a strong open source initiative is vital to continuing our long tradition of user-driven innovation.

    What is the best place to find information about open source at BMC?

    BMC's Chief Open Source Architect,
    whurley (William Hurley), has a regularly updated blog, Opensville (http://talk.bmc.com/blogs/blog-whurley/whurley/) in which he discusses current open source trends and updates on BMC's open source agenda. The BMC Developer Network (http://developer.bmc.com) is BMC's website for downloading all BMC open source software and participating in our evolving open source community.

    What is the BMC Developer Network?

    The BMC Developer Network (BMCDN) is the industry's first global BSM developer community and a key resource for open source projects. BMCDN enables real-time technical collaboration and information sharing between developers, customers, partners, technology alliances, consulting services, software consultants, and support staff. BMCDN includes collaboration on commercial, open source, and other projects initiated by any of the participants in the ecosystem.

    What resources does the BMCDN provide?

    The BMCDN provides resources to simplify the research and development process on the BSM platform(s) including: answers to technical questions, toolkits, templates and code samples, documentation, and best practices.

    Where can I submit questions in regards to open source projects or starting a new project?

    BMC welcomes questions, comments, suggestions, and new project ideas in the public open source forums on developer.bmc.com.