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touch of painted curls
The Cathedral and the Bazaar, part deux 
27th-Jan-2004 11:09 am
dragons
"... not because cooperation is morally right or software 'hoarding' is morally wrong (assuming you believe the latter, which neither Linus nor I do), but simply because the closed-source world cannot win an evolutionary arms race with open-source communities that can put orders of magnitude more skilled time into a problem."
Whee. Communism and capitalism. Software is free in the open source world, and developers are generally unpaid. In a way, they are paid in the entertainment and pleasure they get from contributing plus in free use of the end result. The value of entertainment is so often underestimated. It's such a societal cliche to hate one's job that work and unpleasant are almost synonymous. That's been changing, though
"Rather, I want to suggest what may be a wider lesson about ... creative or professional work. Human beings generally take pleasure in a task when it falls in a sort of optimal-challenge zone; not so easy as to be boring, not too hard to achieve. ... Enjoyment predicts efficiency."
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4th-Feb-2004 08:36 am (UTC)
"Software is free in the open source world, and developers are generally unpaid."
Now ... whodoesn't see the problem with that?
Fact is, some of us would like to be developing stuff w/o having to sell our souls to pay the rent ... how come I can make a few bucks busking but get zero for the hours spent supporting some good project?!
4th-Feb-2004 04:44 pm (UTC) - Re:
Hmm. I think we're talking symptoms. What is the problem? Is it that the paid work doesn't have enough value? Obviously someone is willing to pay for it, despite it being uninteresting. While various people may want to increase the value of open source projects so people can get paid... there are reasons they evolve this way. So... a hybrid beast, then. I think I might have mentioned this previously. It's a tough creature to breed, but they are emerging. It's interesting to note that some projects can only exist on the free model, and vice-versa...
4th-Feb-2004 05:19 pm (UTC) - Re:
"Use value" VS "exchange value" is, I think, an operational distinction that has to come to play; if someone is willing to optimize that algo for fun ... then my optimization, well ...

Notice how bad integration is so often with OS stuff? Documentation?
Like I'm going to put 40, 80, 160, 320 hours into a document set. Right. For free. For fun. YR!!

:-)

p.s. I'm pondering right now how to launch (what I consider to be a very fine) public service ... OS. Great, but I can't raise the funds to focus on it ... so, lacking the income that would allow me the luxury of surplus resources ...
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