The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke. Update, Feb. 5, 2015, 8:10 p.m.: After this article appeared, Werner Koch informed us that last week he was awarded a one-time grant of $60,000 from Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative.
Werner told us he only received permission to disclose it after our article published. Meanwhile, since our story was posted, donations flooded Werner's website donation page and he reached his funding goal of $137,000. In addition, Facebook and the online payment processor Stripe each pledged to donate $50,000 a year to Koch’s project. The man who built the free email encryption software used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, as well as hundreds of thousands of journalists, dissidents and security-minded people around the world, is running out of money to keep his project alive.
The strange economics of open-source software - Vallified. I always use the names of economists for my machines’ hostnames. keynes, friedman, marx, fisher, ricardo.
So every so often the strange economics of open-source software hits me. Today it is almost taken for granted that the source code for most software is freely available. This is a profound and remarkable change, given how different it was only 15 years ago. From a certain point of view our industry is “giving away” its product, and yet the industry is richer and more powerful than ever. So where is the value? Rendre aux communs le produit des communs : la quête d’une licence réciproque. Après une longue interruption, je reprends doucement une activité sur ce carnet de recherche.
Pour l’occasion, je retourne son titre, Sciences communes : non la science comme bien commun, mais l’étude scientifique des communs. Le première épisode de cette nouvelle série est dédié à l’un des principaux dispositifs envisagés pour pérenniser l’économie des communs : les licences réciproques. Comme leur nom l’indique, ces licences visent à restaurer une relation de réciprocité entre les secteur commercial et le mouvement des Communs. Elles établissent ainsi un mécanisme de réversion dès lors qu’une organisation capitalistique fait usage d’un bien commun. Nées d’un débat intellectuel international, les licences réciproques ont pris consistance au cours de l’année passée, dans le cadre du projet FLOK. Vers une saturation des communs ? Bountysource. Business models for open-source software. Funding Much unlike proprietary off-the-shelf software that come with restrictive licenses, open-source software is distributed freely, through the web and in physical media.
Because creators cannot require each user to pay a license fee to fund development this way, a number of alternative development funding models have emerged. Software can be developed as a consulting project for one or more customers. [how?] Customers can pay to direct the developers' efforts on having bugs prioritized and fixed, or features added. Companies may employ developers to work on open-source projects that are useful to the company's infrastructure: in this case, it is developed not as a product to be sold but as a sort of shared public utility. Problems and Strategies in Financing Voluntary Free Software Projects. Benjamin Mako Hill email@example.com This is revision 0.2.1 of this file and was published on November 20, 2012.
Revision 0.2 was published on June 10, 2005. Revision 0.1 was published on May 15, 2005 and was written was presented as a talk at Linuxtag 2005 given in Karlsruhe, Germany. Revision 0 was published on May 2004 is based in part of the research and work done for a presentation on the subject given at the International Free Software Forum (FISL) given in Porto Alegre, Brazil. Abstract It's easier for a successful volunteer Free Software project to get money than it is to decide how to spend it. Introduction The love of money is the root of all evil.— New Testament St. Using voluntary labor, free and open source software projects have become massive commercial successes. This paper aims to provide a guide for voluntary projects who want to fund development as a well a guide for funders wishing to work with and support these projects.
The Second Open Company — Gratipay Blog. Alexander Stigsen invented the “open company” in 2009 Gittip is a sustainable crowdfunding platform.
The perils of mixing open source and money (DHH) Fundraising for open source has become trivial through venues like Kickstarter, so it's natural more projects are asking for money.
"Imagine all the good I could do if I was able to work on this full time for the benefit of the community". Resentment — Gratipay Blog. From time to time it is suggested that Gittip is fatally flawed because it fosters resentment.
David Heinemeier Hansson posted yesterday about “[t]he perils of mixing open source and money,” in which he pointed out problems with crowdfunding open-source. “We plant the seeds of discontent by selective monetary rewards,” he wrote, and in follow-on conversation, he said of Gittip specifically, “I think that’s exactly the shit I find devaluing and dangerous about mixing market and social.
Yuck.” Gittip wants an economy characterized by collaboration and trust and love, so for Gittip to foster unresolved resentment is a problem. In this post I’d like to address the problem head-on. Approaching Resentment.