Open-source software starts with developers, but there are other important contributors, too. Who exactly? Good question

Thu, 16 Sep 2021 06:02:55 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam
<https://www.theregister.com/2021/09/08/open_source_beyond_the_programmers/>

"Is Linus Torvalds important to open-source software? Of course. Guido van
Rossum, who created the popular programming language Python? Sure! Michael
"Monty" Widenius of MySQL fame? Certainly. OK, what about Robert Love? Eben
Moglen? Or Jono Bacon?

Who? Exactly. The latter three are, in order: the author of Linux in a
Nutshell, arguably the most important Linux book; the leading open-source GPL
attorney; and perhaps the top open-source community guru. Would open-source
software exist without them? Yes. But, would it look the same? No. No it
wouldn't.

We've always known that open source is more than its developers. Open source is
also the people who document it, popularise it, organise the communities that
support it and, yes, lead the companies that monetise it.

But, how do you measure their value? That's a good question without an obvious
good answer."

Cheers,
       *** Xanni ***
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mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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Thu, 16 Sep 2021 10:05:03 +1000

Katherine Phelps <muse [at] glasswings.com.au>

Katherine Phelps
It is also all the people who use it, especially including all the
ordinary users who are not programmers but prefer Linux and support the
cause.

On 16/9/21 6:02 am, Andrew Pam wrote:
<https://www.theregister.com/2021/09/08/open_source_beyond_the_programmers/>


"Is Linus Torvalds important to open-source software? Of course. Guido
van Rossum, who created the popular programming language Python? Sure!
Michael "Monty" Widenius of MySQL fame? Certainly. OK, what about
Robert Love? Eben Moglen? Or Jono Bacon?

Who? Exactly. The latter three are, in order: the author of Linux in a
Nutshell, arguably the most important Linux book; the leading
open-source GPL attorney; and perhaps the top open-source community
guru. Would open-source software exist without them? Yes. But, would
it look the same? No. No it wouldn't.

We've always known that open source is more than its developers. Open
source is also the people who document it, popularise it, organise the
communities that support it and, yes, lead the companies that monetise
it.

But, how do you measure their value? That's a good question without an
obvious good answer."

Cheers,
    *** Xanni ***

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Thu, 16 Sep 2021 09:49:44 +0200

Bill Liao - SOSV Investment Partner <bill.liao [at] sosv.com>

Bill Liao - SOSV Investment Partner
True that!

On Thu, Sep 16, 2021 at 02:05, Katherine Phelps <muse@glasswings.com.au>
wrote:

It is also all the people who use it, especially including all the
ordinary users who are not programmers but prefer Linux and support the
cause.

On 16/9/21 6:02 am, Andrew Pam wrote:
<
https://www.theregister.com/2021/09/08/open_source_beyond_the_programmers/



"Is Linus Torvalds important to open-source software? Of course. Guido
van Rossum, who created the popular programming language Python? Sure!
Michael "Monty" Widenius of MySQL fame? Certainly. OK, what about
Robert Love? Eben Moglen? Or Jono Bacon?

Who? Exactly. The latter three are, in order: the author of Linux in a
Nutshell, arguably the most important Linux book; the leading
open-source GPL attorney; and perhaps the top open-source community
guru. Would open-source software exist without them? Yes. But, would
it look the same? No. No it wouldn't.

We've always known that open source is more than its developers. Open
source is also the people who document it, popularise it, organise the
communities that support it and, yes, lead the companies that monetise
it.

But, how do you measure their value? That's a good question without an
obvious good answer."

Cheers,
    *** Xanni ***



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