Oct. 26, 2015, 10:24 p.m.

NO ONE who's not a coder knows FLOSS is Commercialized Free Labor

About two weeks ago, I spent the weekend at Innovate Houston. Sponsored by CivicX, a "civic accelerator", they focus on "for-profit and nonprofit startups that include people as part of the solution to critical social problems." The program combines Design Thinking with the Impact Canvas (a variation on the Business Model Canvas) to help you look at your proposed solution to a social problem.

The social problem I focused on was finding a sustainable revenue source/business modle for FLOSS. I was the ONLY person working on something like this, and just about the only person there familiar with FLOSS. Once I explained the issue (usually by way of example), the response was unanimously, "WTF?!?".

"So, Instagram & Pinterest run on this software they got for free and they don't help support it? That's not fair!"

So, the ONLY people aware of the issue are people who WORK on FLOSS projects. The general population doesn't know, but when they find out, they're OFTEN shocked/outraged.

I have to get ready to go to bed, but the bottom line is, making the general public aware of this issue may be VERY useful, with regard to having pressure come from someplace OTHER than us FLOSS nerds. Because the enterprises using FLOSS don't seem to care.

This is Part 1. I'll have more in Part 2 over the next few days.

Also, sorry the Markdown filtering isn't in place yet. It's in dev, not pushed to production yet. That's just how things have been lately. But Chapter 5 of "Two Scoops of Django" will fix it!


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