Let’s continue to share what’s out there about “open source and sustainability”.
Here are my latest findings:
- Maintainers Anonymous - Mikeal Rogers on Getting Old in Open Source
- GitHub Satellite 2019 - Maintaining the maintainers: supporting open source tools
- Henry Zhu @ JSNation - Open Source: Charity or Business?
- OSCoin: FAQ & whitepaper - I find this one interesting, since they’re also trying to create ranking system for OS projects (OSRank). I hope it will be possible to use it separately from the currency.
- Antirez - The struggles of an open source maintainer
- Open Collective - What Core Contributors Want
- CodeFund - The Open Source Conundrum: How Do We Keep the Lights On?
- Avi Press - A Failed Effort to Get Paid for an Open Source Project
- André Staltz - Software Below The Poverty Line - Great article, except why only asking Github to pay the bill? All industries are using software and therefore OSS. Also why 1 billion dollars, a static number?
- An interesting thread about core-js maintainer asks for donations through npm postinstall message - Twitter & Github issue
My two cents:
- No open source maintainer should be disclosing their private matters to the public, to be able to justify asking some donations
- If it’s not custom to ask companies how they’re going to use our money when we purchase a product / service, we shouldn’t be asking it to open source maintainers either (no double standards please)
“Capitalism is supposed to reward people like them, but in practice it does not.”
PS: Sharing ≠ Endorsing