Subject: Re: Chaordic Commons
From: Giles <>
Date: Thu, 27 Jun 2002 11:00:53 -0700

Scott Capdevielle wrote:

>The Dead on the other hand became the most profitable band on the planet 
>while they were touring.  They realized that by "giving away" their 
>music, they reached the largest amount of fans possible, therefore 
>expanding the market for their live shows.  Every show was sold out and 
>they played hundreds of times a year.  This is no accident.
>So what does that have to do with free software? I think it is very 
>clear.  By giving away the software, you maximize the potential market. 
>Every minute a developer spends contributing to an open license product, 
>makes that developer more valuable to a "user" of the software.  And 
>ultimately, if we can make the personal contribution to the 
>implementation of software the most valuable ( as opposed to the license 
>) then we, the contributors stand to gain the most. 
Interesting analogy.  I wonder where the comparable "sold out concert" 
is for most open source projects.  Is it the custom development projects 
people want.  The support contracts.  I think this concept would work 
well for something like Linux which has a comparable reach as The Dead. 
 I'm less sure about more niche projects.   A concert adds something 
special worth paying for over and above the commons(common code in this 
case or taped music).  The freely given taped music seemed to drive 
sales of tickects.  I can't make the connection where most open source 
projects are using this good will to the same purpose.  Any examples?

Alan Hudson
President: Yumetech, Inc.            
Web3D Open Source Chair