[PD] The economics of Open source
Jose Luis Santorcuato
santorcuato76 at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 01:56:58 CET 2011
Hi, A brief summary .... Mathieu ... I appreciate every day of this
community ... and of course, we are pd ...
2011/3/9 Mathieu Bouchard <matju at artengine.ca>:
> On Tue, 8 Mar 2011, Pierre Massat wrote:
>> 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).
> "Name your price" is actually a characteristic of the download site, not the
> From what I read, Ardour remains FLOSS nonetheless.
>> 1) What are the economics of open source software, and how sustainable is
>> the model?
> FLOSS is not an economic model, it's a set of licenses (and of potential
> future licenses with the same basic characteristics).
> You use the license as a tool to come up with an economic model of your
> choice, but there are many possibilities, both with a pure FLOSS license
> (which is the case of Ardour), and with a hybrid approach (involving
> proprietary licenses in some way).
>> How does it work for Pd?
> There is no such system for the Pd community. Each developer has his/her own
> "economic model", which usually means something noneconomic like donating
> plenty of time for little return.
>> 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?
> It possibly happens to *lots* of people, but it doesn't make the FLOSS
> movement getting any smaller.
>> I have been considering making a donation since i've been using Pd
>> extensively for a few years now. But could someone tell me exactly how it
>> works? Who gets the money?
> The person who gets the money is the person you send it to.
>> And i never use GEM or Gridflow (cause i have no need for it at the
>> moment), so i don't see why part of my donation should go to Mathieu or
>> GEM's author(s).
> What makes you think that GEM's authors and I are somehow not contributing
> anything significant to Pd-vanilla ?
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