Going Full Time on Open Source with Shaun Walker
Can you quit your job and work full-time on your open-source project? Carl and Richard talk to Shaun Walker about his recent move to focus on Oqtane, the open-source application framework and CMS he has been developing for the past few years. Shaun talks about recognizing when an open-source project has matured to the point that it is being held back by not also providing a commercial license. For some folks, a commercial license is not an option - they need it to be able to use the software within the company. Then comes the tricky part: Setting up a business, and balancing the needs of the open-source community with the commercial customers. It isn't easy, but it can be done!
Shaun Walker is the original creator of Oqtane and DotNetNuke, web application frameworks that have earned the recognition of being amongst the most pioneering and widely adopted Open Source projects native to the Microsoft platform. He has 30+ years of professional experience in architecting and implementing enterprise software solutions for private and public organizations. Based on his significant community contributions he has been recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for over 14 years. He was recognized in 2011 as a leading entrepreneur in the BIV Forty Under 40 business awards and is currently the Chair of the Project Committee for the .NET Foundation