On 10/29/07, Manoj Srivastava
In free software, what is in it for the
authors? For a
large segment, getting the credit, and the recognition that
follows, is _it_. Eben Moglen commented on this to some extent in
the recent Theo/BSD/LKML scrap about credits for driver code.
Yes, I understand that since I too would be pissed if someone
doesn't give me credit for my work. But it's very strange that
businesses are willing to give credit to projects like Linux,
Eclipse, Firefox, OOo, etc. but always somehow keep GNU at an arms
I guess one of the key factors is that GNU has mostly contributed
to the base system (shell, tools, compiler, etc.),
It is more complex than that. Business assumes that they have a right
to exploit resources for those tokens called money. As businesses got
smarter they could account for other things like publicity (since it
eventually translates to money). GNU otoh has freedom as the sole
agenda even if it means destroying the business's assumed right.
While such an agenda is useful to everybody at some point in time,
it's also a major hindrance to very many, particularly those who
either refuse to see the social shift, or those in transition.
It's very easy to picture the situation if one happens to be earning
tokens from the media companies / M$ et all / Pharma companies etc.
Freedom seems to be sooo contradictory to the aquivisitive
(consumptive) nature of today's value system, even to those who pedal