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Now to get people to actually think...
First off, I don't recall anyone saying that you should give your software away.
Second, freeware doesn't always equal open source.
Now, I think the point of the thread is that selfless teamwork can get results that are as good, if not better than, $$$$$$ bottom line projects, without the contributers feeling like they've invested blood, sweat and tears and that this can apply to things besides software.
ATS and other mediums based on user generated content are a good example of this.
Of course there will be situations where a tailor made solution is desired or more efficient.
It isn't an either or situation. There is a place and time for each.
Sorry, I am aware of that, however, IF I were to develop for pen Source then I would in fact be "giving it away". Despite the fact that I would still retain all Copyrights, people will ignore that and the terms of the licensing and claim the source as their own; it is simply the way people are.
No freeware is not the same as Open Source; though Open Source is FREE.
Yes, I do see what you are trying to get at...and I'm going to tell you that, at least in the software world, there is almost no "selfless teamwork". The open source code available is, for the most part, fragmentary, poorly designed, and woefully incomplete. I try to use open source when I can to save myself time and my clients money; I usually end up creating my own original code.
The concept is good, all ya need are the "selfless" teams.
Yes but you seemed to be dumping the shortcommings of propriatery freeware on open source software.
It has already worked for more than a few projects. Just because they are things that you can't use doesn't mean that there are not a lot of people making good use of it
You use much open source code?
And those would be?
Too many to list but a few that are probably the most popular are Linux, Apache, MySQL, Gimp, Blender, FFmpeg, ClamWin, 7-Zip, Drupal. There really are a lot.
I understand that it may not be what you need but people really do use them.
Yes people do use open source and freeware...I'm not saying that there aren't good open source libraries and applications, there are, I find and use them frequently. Helps to save my clients a wee bit of change. But, as I've already indicated the general rule with open source software is that "its not ready for prime time". Usually when I do find a decent application or library, it still takes several hours of my time to make it work.
"Not ready for prime time" is the tradeoff. Many are fine with that.
Heck, one of the biggest issues is as you say; people dont know enough to contribute!
Getting people to actually participate is next to impossible. It is extremely frustrating and discouraging..
And those that know don't want to "give it away".
What is the project?
Notice that my signature is labelled with an introduction to a project.