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Discussion on: Let's talk about open source

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Josh Senyak

Hi Benedict - these are great questions and I'm especially intrigued about the profit/not-profit divide - under what circumstances does one just plunge in and say "ANYBODY can use this (even Amazon!)"?

Checking out your project, I see that Compost is also a magazine about digital commons... and so I expect there will be great resources in the mag itself. When do you think Issue 01 will hit the ether?

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Benedict Lau

plunge in and say "ANYBODY can use this (even Amazon!)"

I think most open source software actually say exactly that. GPL, Apache, MIT, all the mainstream stuff really.

This article may be an interesting read navigating all this, and filling in some historic context around the never ending quest to "monetize open source". I think some of the new licenses used by Redis, MongoDB, and especially Mapbox (open source and non-permissive), are quite interesting. Of course, whether such licenses can be considered "free" software is questionable, but to be free you have to first exist.

RE: COMPOST, we are working with authors now to hoping get the first issue out in February :D