[PD] The economics of Open source

Jose Luis Santorcuato santorcuato76 at gmail.com
Wed Mar 9 00:44:08 CET 2011

Hi, A couple of years brought to Chile to Richard Stallman, I
participated in some way with GNU and I realized that most developers
live lectures and workshops, of their works.
The option to donate is very good, although I do not think it should
be sufficient to engage only the development, most of those who post
here have jobs in universities and occasionally give talks about Pd,
Arduino, Processing.
There is also an ethical commitment to the creator, musician and
teacher, who impregnates the community.

Some of your questions resolved them coming this year to study
programming and systems, along with helping Pd, we can develop our own
systems and not rely on an event like what is written in connection
with Ardour.

It is a big issue, especially for South America, which does not carry
(except in cases such as Wiring), and where we depend on good way to
what develops out.

Best regards


2011/3/8 Pedro Figueiredo <me at pedrofigueiredo.org>:
> <delurk>
> On 8 Mar 2011, at 08:21, Pierre Massat wrote:
>> Dear List,
>> I was trying to get Ardour to work last night and i came accross the forum on their website. I must say i was quite shocked to see how many posts were about money. I was equally surprized to see that the latest full version of Ardour isn't free (although you can name your price).
>> Now don't get me wrong : I think i can imagine the amount of work that was necessary to write a software like Ardour from scratch, and i totally understand that the team who wrote it may decide that they should be payed for it.
>> This leads me to ask two questions :
>> 1) What are the economics of open source software, and how sustainable is the model? How does it work for Pd?
> I don't know about Pd, but as someone that has worked with Open Source all my life, the most common model is selling support and consultancy. Provide a rock solid product and become the authority on the area it covers, and everyone will pay to listen to you.
>> 2) I get the feeling that open source developpers used to think that the idea of free (free beer...) software was cool, but 10 to 15 years down the line (that is, now) they're beginning to realize that they can't keep on doing this forever. Am I wrong here?
> If anything, it's the complete opposite, Open Source has never been so strong, and it's never been easier to contribute, thanks to places like Google Code or GitHub (especially GitHub, as far as I'm concerned).
> Cheers,
> Pedro
> </delurk>
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