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The Future of Open Source

The Future of Open Source

Exploring the past, present and future of Free Software and Open Source.

Scott Chacon

February 27, 2015

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  1. “GNU, which stands for Gnu's Not Unix, is the name

    for the complete Unix-compatible software system which I am writing so that I can give it away free to everyone who can use it” the GNU Manifesto
  2. “Software sellers want to divide the users and conquer them,

    making each user agree not to share with others. I refuse to break solidarity with other users in this way. I cannot in good conscience sign a nondisclosure agreement or a software license agreement. For years I worked within the Artificial Intelligence Lab to resist such tendencies and other inhospitalities, but eventually they had gone too far: I could not remain in an institution where such things are done for me against my will.” ! the GNU Manifesto
  3. Release early. Release often. With enough eyes, all bugs are

    shallow. When you lose interest in a program, your last duty to it is to hand it off to a competent successor. The next best thing to having good ideas is recognizing good ideas from your users.
  4. The conferees believed the pragmatic, business-case grounds that had motivated

    Netscape to release their code illustrated a valuable way to engage with potential software users and developers, and convince them to create and improve source code by participating in an engaged community. The conferees also believed that it would be useful to have a single label that identified this approach and distinguished it from the philosophically- and politically-focused label "free software." http://opensource.org/history
  5. (linux) $ git shortlog -se origin/master | grep microsoft 1

    Dexuan Cui <[email protected]> 135 Haiyang Zhang <[email protected]> 40 Hank Janssen <[email protected]> 791 K. Y. Srinivasan <[email protected]> 14 KY Srinivasan <[email protected]> 1 Mike Sterling <[email protected]>
  6. why do businesses open source they want to use open

    source finding / attracting developers working across fields (ruby, libgit2) engage community in their other products
  7. workflow more remote work, autonomy fewer cost of living issues

    (like SF) fewer meetings, less email - more things with URLs
  8. what do we want from open source freedom from fear

    the ability to improve and learn from cutting edge software collaborate with people in other companies on commodity software ability to deeply engage with users
  9. what do we mean by open source the availability of

    the source code? the right to use it for anything? the right to contribute back and improve it?
  10. community source clear and permissible license and CLA clear contributing

    guidelines (use github flow unless good reason) be responsive, help people contribute prepared to give up the project if you can't do this
  11. "We see how politics, instead of being a dirty word,

    could be what it meant in the original Greek: the engagement of all citizens in the decisions that affect their lives." Andrew Rasiej, PDF Opening Remarks, 2005