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Why Computing Students Should Contribute to Projects

Many sensible reasons mentioned but open computing is also part of a desirable (if not necessary) element of the digital future and if young people do not embrace it to shape the world they will live in who will?

cacm.acm.org/magazines/2021/7/

its not common to find somebody that is impartial, sufficiently informed about (and its sidekick) but is not actually part of the echo chamber

It is only then that you can get real feedback as to how this loose set of concepts, communities, practices and behaviors might eventually have an impact in the broader world and what are the hurdles to overcome

Checking every few days is a trip down memory lane to a time of a far less frantic digital universe. A dozen or so updates, occasionally some new app. You can almost get to know them all.

Compare that with the "play store" and the gazillions of crapps staring at you with open salivating mouths.

Not that all corners of the universe are still calm backwaters. If you check the pypi feed there is new package update every couple of minutes, which is kinda scary

Many projects aim to be the open version of existing closed software or service. This puts them at disadvantage as most users still don't appreciate the benefit of . The same level of quality must be delivered with far fewer resources

This suggests that head-on competition is less likely to succeed than something defining its own category. Unoccupied niches are few but building on the combinatorial advantage of large scale collaboration could help

is among the most usable apps. It turns editing into a fun and worthwhile game. The devs are asking for support as funding has dried up

github.com/streetcomplete/Stre

Wikinomics (How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything ) is a 2006 book by Tapscot & Williams. It has not aged well. It is orgasmic about the power of the commons and but actually little came to pass.

The factors that propel collaborative projects to success are not more transparent than commercial efforts. Yet when they do, they do change the world.

Currently and seem to be carrying the torch and they are both quite mindboggling in their possible impact

Because there is no true mobile OS (in wide adoption) there are no mobile app collections like or apps for the linux desktops.

The apps on don't seem to share anything in terms of design or code reuse?

Tech as the non-bottleneck. has changed the world (continues doing so with ) and is written in , the "fractal of bad design". Same with dozens of important early web frameworks, from , to and .

Alas same with the archvillain .

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