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[News] Sun's Phipps Compares Free Software to "Organic Software"

  • Subject: [News] Sun's Phipps Compares Free Software to "Organic Software"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Sep 2009 19:36:50 +0100
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Organic Software

,----[ Quote ]
| Some people do ask whether the farmers' market is 
| scalable - surely having a big corporation planning 
| all the production is better? But no, each week the 
| market is full of produce produced by local people who 
| love growing it, and customers turn up to sell in 
| proportion to the number of people who show up to buy. 
| No-one seemed to be struggling to make a living. The 
| stallholder had never heard of OpenOffice.org or 
| Firefox, but easily got the idea that software made by 
| a community could be great and that having everyone 
| doing the part they can for themselves means there's 
| no need to have a big corporation wanting you to pay. 
| There are no hidden ingredients either, and despite 
| the lack of pesticides there seem to be fewer bugs...
| Open source is "organic software" and its time has 
| come. He's going home to his organic produce and to 
| look for "open source software" and "open office" on 
| the web. Me - I'm reflecting on Software Freedom Day 
| as I prepare my trout.



You'll get closer to the source

,----[ Quote ]
| Mr Phipps does see a push towards open source. "It's a response to the shift
| in society caused by the internet. It's a shift away from centralised
| control."
| But developing applications, whether open source or not, can still be a rocky
| road. MrPhipps has learnt that over planning isn't a good thing.


Community Roles

,----[ Quote ]
|  These are:
|     * Originators (originating co-developers) - people who co-develop a
|       particular Free software commons using open source licenses and norms;
|     * Extenders (extending co-developers) - people who co-develop software
|       that  
|       builds on or aggregates the work of Originators, for example making
|       extensions, plug-ins, localisations and distributions;
|     * Deployer-developers - people who take the work of Initiators and
|       Extenders and configure and customise them for deployment;
|     * Users - people who use - and often pay for - the work of
|       Deployer-developers and put it to productive use.


Interview with Simon Phipps

,----[ Quote ]
| Phipps: I think that there is a huge overlap in those worlds. One
| of the interesting things you discover when you run an OpenSolaris
| distribution like Nexenta is, my goodness, it looks just like Ubuntu.
| And you know, there's a really good reason for that: because it is
| Ubuntu, but it's got a Solaris kernel in it.

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