#opensource UK tech company cites copyright issues, rising costs and prospect of more influence in EU
Why Computing Students Should Contribute to #opensource 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?
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 #fdroid 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.
Many #foss 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 #opensource. 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
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 #opensource 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.
Tech as the non-bottleneck. #wikipedia has changed the world (continues doing so with #wikidata) and is written in #php, the "fractal of bad design". Same with dozens of important #opensource early web frameworks, from #wordpress, to #moodle and #nextcloud.
Alas same with the archvillain #facebook.