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24 September 2007

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John Mark

Great post! I touched on a similar topic a week ago - http://tinosc.blogspot.com/2007/09/most-irritating-question-in-world.html

I wonder at those who still wonder if this "open source thing" is here to stay. Your quotes from Boskin are a great insight into this topic, and your last paragraph makes a great point: as long as contributors get something of value, they're willing to give (this is also the standard answer I give to companies that are afraid of forking a project, but that's a topic for another post)

Incidentally, your last point reminds me of a lecture from a psychology professor about how people will remain in a relationship as long as they feel that their investment "return" is at least equal to what they put in. And in the end, isn't developing a personal relationship or attachment what community-building is all about? This gets to the heart of the point I'll try to drive home in my "open source macro vs. micro" series.

-John Mark

Ron Fredericks

This is an interesting topic. I don't think we have seen the full extent of the open-source community market impact yet. Looking at previous open-source movements - yes before the Internet - we may learn something about where our moden day open-source community is headed. Or maybe this time, history doesn't repeat itself...

In a blog post I attempt to capture the excitement in being part of the “first community developer” project for a smart mobile computing device [back in 1981] and it is so similar to the smart devices we use today! I know the engineering community is ready for a new challenge - one that has already been solved back in 1981 - one that affects the speed of technology reuse around the globe today.

Here is the link to read more...
http://www.embeddedcomponents.com/blogs/2007/04/community-software-development-for-embedded-devices/

Best regards,

Ron Fredericks

Saifi Khan

In free software projects, "politics" is the currency !

Free software (FSF) have been very successful in introducing 'politics' to CS curriculum.

http://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=383719.383727

thanks
Saifi Khan.

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