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  • [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

    • 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 organizations consider themselves part of a community which develops and maintains software.

      • 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. :)