Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

The Seven/Big/Days/Bang Mashup

Filed under
OSS

Recently I've taken note of the rise in friction between those who want to create open source software for its own sake and those who want to evolve open source software into something that can be used for commerce.

Let's call them, respectively, Creationists and Evolutionists.

Creationists in the open source community are often (wrongly) labeled as "hobbyists." This name has always bothered me a bit. It's not wholly inaccurate, but it also seems to imply that the developers and users in this category are not to be taken seriously. Their skill in creating really good software (free or open) is somehow diminished by the sheer joy they experience in the actual creation process.

On the other hand, there are the Evolutionists, those users and coders who do nothing but take themselves seriously. To them, open source is almost all about success--usually measured in legal tender--and getting software out to the marketplace. They are good at what they do, which is take open source code and moving it through a business/development process that evolves that code into discrete product releases that can be marketed and sold. They are usually referred to as the "suits."

More Here




More in Tux Machines

Leftovers: Gaming

Kubuntu 14.10 review

KDE has improved in may respects since my last review of Kubuntu, so it’s fair to say that Kubuntu itself has improved. Muon Discover has improved too, so kudos to the developer. However, Kubuntu is not the best KDE-using distribution around. ROSA Desktop, for example, offers many more features than most KDE-using desktops. That said, Kubuntu 14.10 should be good enough for most users. If you would like to take it for a spin on your computer, installation images are available for download from here. Read more

Dispelling the myths of open source licences

Misconceptions surrounding the rights and obligations provided by open source software in the enterprise have fueled the spread of fear, uncertainty and doubt. A better understanding of the role open source licensing will help organizations realist the full potential of open source investments. Read more

Cinnamon Desktop Spices Up Makulu Linux

The Makulu Cinnamon Debian Edition 1.1 marks a new path for Makulu. This latest release has numerous new features that could make it a top competitor against the Linux Mint Cinnamon edition. Read more