[LINK] what to study about foss
brendansweb at optusnet.com.au
Mon Sep 25 16:03:02 EST 2006
Deus Ex Machina wrote:
> "The NSF gives a UC Davis team funding to study how various FOSS projects
> I skeptically accept FOSS as a contributor to the technological
> community. On the one hand, FOSS enables many talented developers to
> contribute and refine their skills. Plus, a few FOSS technologies have
> gained industry wide acceptance and adoption. On the other hand, when
> someone is going to study how successful FOSS projects work, I hope they
> can answer these questions begged by the revolutionary hype- hoopla of
> some FOSS supporters.
> 1) what explains the inability of FOSS to respond to consumer and market
> driven demand, as in the case where FOSS failed to develop accessibility
> features for its desktop applications in Massachusetts.
> 2) given the years FOSS has been around, the "man hours" dedicated to
> its projects, and the myriads of eyeballs peering into its code, why has
> FOSS generated only a few commercial successes?
> 3) most admit the limitations of FOSS in segments of systems and
> architectures. Given this, shouldn't FOSS adopt licenses to ensure its
> "mixture" with mass-market proprietary technologies, as that seems the
> only route for long term adoption and viability?
> 4) do companies such as IBM and Red Hat rely on innovation in FOSS
> technologies for their service businesses? What does this say about the
> "innovativeness" vs business aspects of FOSS when firms can still make
> money even if FOSS technologies improve incrementally or not at all? .
> 5) how do FOSS companies compete for developers. After years and
> hundreds if not thousands of FOSS projects, are there "all-star"
> developers courted by project leaders or companies?
> 6) how much say do FOSS volunteers have in proposing ideas or
> directional changes in development efforts? Is this anyway to treat
> folks who lend their work to giants like IBM and Red Hat, who then turn
> around and make money off that.
> 7) finally, is there any plan to oust Moglen-Stallman and replace them
> with reasonable representatives such as Oreilly-Torvalds?"
I think the term for this is "framing".
The answer to all of these questions is: "It's the free market. Stop thinking that monopolies are desirable and everything will become clear."
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