Bookmarks – More money for open-source

And other hopeful thoughts.

What I want, both for long-time maintainers like myself and for people starting out, is a way to get more money flowing into open source. There have been several stories in the news about underfunded, critical projects, but I think the problem affects most projects that aren't directly associated with a company: There are few direct incentives to pay for open source, so even projects with with enormous amounts of users often simply don't see enough money to pay for proper maintenance. The slack is sometimes picked up by the aforementioned young people without responsibilities, but that is rarely sustainable.

More Money For Better Open-Source Software by Marijn Haverbeke (1727 words).

It’s almost as if open source has become a system for transforming people’s leisure time into free labour for corporations—eating up people’s lives while driving them on with promises of future employment. (E.g. “GitHub is your resumé”.)

15 years ago, I had a long conversation with Bob Hughes (of Dust or Magic fame) about Free Software and open source. I was gushing about it

I talked about how it was going to change the world for the better, make software more egalitarian & democratic—I was a bit of an idealist

He then explained to me what was going to happen, how corporations and capitalism in general would twist the system to their benefit.

And pretty much everything he said has come true, the dynamics, the pressure on the ecosystem, and the lack of sustainability

(Huge fan of Bob’s. The conversations I had with him when I was in college were life-changing.)

The tech industry intensifies this crisis by paying obscene prices for just about any home they can in the Valley, creating one of the most visible and notorious gentrification crises in modern history. 

Once wealthy startup employees move in with private washing machines and, yes, on-demand laundry apps, they stop patronizing services needed by the locals, many of whom don't own washer/dryer units and can't afford a luxury laundry service. And because the startup scene has inflated the price of the local real estate, rents go up, and laundromats — like other services many working-class families depend on — can't afford to stay.

One Tweet Shows What Silicon Valley Really Thinks of the People It’s Crushing by Jack Smith IV (1085 words).