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Discussion on: Let's talk about open source

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Benedict Lau

Returning to this thread because I just wrote up my thoughts around software licenses, and the common tensions with project sustainability, maintainer labour, and how projects relate to their contributor communities.

We all have probably heard how some big FLOSS project struggle to find financial sustainability, with maintainers burnt out, or left community contributors feeling betrayed. I have maintained several small FLOSS projects myself over the years, and definitely feel the hidden labour behind community stewardship.

A project I am part of is publishing previously private source code over coming weeks that we developed over last year, and I had a chance to think through this properly and put in writing, and would like to share with y'all:

Curious to know your thoughts!