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Aristotle (5147)

Aristotle
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Tuesday July 14, 2009
08:41 PM

I think I heard something like this from Nick

[ #39292 ]

Zed Shaw :

Quite frankly, we’re dying off because the companies who use our software do not give back. The irony of the situation is that, in order to improve my motivation to do open source, I have to charge for it.

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  • On the basis of what metrics does he come up with "dying off"?

    The only graphs I have that show a reduction in open source contribution coincide with the financial crisis.

    That is to say, when lots of developers lost their jobs with companies, contributions went DOWN.

    I think that suggests the opposite case is true. There's plenty of people improving open source on behalf of companies, it's just that the companies don't feel the need to make a song and dance about it.

  • [long ramble here, but I have to go watch the Tour de France now.]

    I had this discussion with a consulting customer a couple of days ago. They were considering making some of their work open source, but decided against it because it would be more work with no benefit to them since they didn't see any significant patches coming back to them. They concluded that the local benefit wasn't worth the local work. They would essentially give something away for less than free because the work they'd need to do distr

    • Ah yes… the long now and the big here…

      Thanks for your musings, I’ll have to chew on all that for a while.

    • Maybe we should have a new license where you can only keep using it if you supply a patch.

      I don't hate that idea, but I prefer requesting some kind of community contribution: filing a bug, making a feature request, sending a thank you note to the developers, answering a question on a mailing list, contributing money or hardware or resources, or any of countless other activities.

      Such a license would be difficult to enforce (and a very bad idea for other reasons), but I like the idea of suggesting that orga

      • I wasn't serious about that license. I have considered, however, making my CPAN code "postcardware". If you use it you have to send me a postcard. :)