Giving with the expectation of receiving
Posted May 11, 2010 4:59 UTC (Tue) by hackerb9
In reply to: Koha community squares off against commercial fork
Parent article: Koha community squares off against commercial fork
I've respected your work for a long time, but, in this case, I have to vocally disagree. Yes, rich people often get richer off of community projects, but then they also get richer on proprietary projects, so it's not actually a relevant factor. The only question is: is it worth it to work for free on a community project?
For me the answer is still "yes, of course it is". The benefits of Free Software to me and to my community are very real.
The article says the Māori word koha means "reciprocal gift giving". It would be quite ironic if a company tried to take control of the Koha software without giving back. Fortunately for the Koha community, the expectation of reciprocity was clearly spelled out by the copyright license they chose: the GNU GPL v2. This won't be another MIT License fiasco like Wine vs. Cedega.
Already there are signs the Koha story will have a happy ending. PTFS has just today (May 10th) given back to the community by releasing LibLime's changes to Koha over the last 12 months.
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