Ahoy friends! I put together A Hot Take regarding #OpenSource, #CommunitySource and #Coops in relation to #Chef embracing a fully-open licensing model instead of #Opencore, prompted by https://twitter.com/adamhjk/status/1258523043699109891
First, I 100% agree that #OpenCore is an imperfect model for building software. It encourages orgs to invest more in the secret bits to make the organization more sustainable.
Red Hats enterprise support is far superior here; as it has clear affordances for creating mutual benefit.
However, because #FreeSoftware and #OpenSource have invested heavily into the mindset that "Freedom" means "Free as in Beer" or "Free as in no one can tell me what to do," much of the software maintained under free software licenses have few affordances for capturing enough wealth to make the products socioeconomically sustainable.
Even worse, it blocks us from saying "No" to abusive and malicious actors who use our labor to strip others of their fundamental human rights.
The #EthicalSource movement is working hard to rectify the second part; and I'm proud to say I'm a member of the #EthicalSource #OpenCollective (https://opencollective.com/ethical-source) and participate in a number of their Working Group(s).
But it doesn't address the socioeconomic power imbalance caused by corporate labor exploitation of open source / free software contributors and maintainers.
As power accumulates and centralizes, it's often used to capture more wealth and power.
Organizations which align their worker/executive/investor incentives with growth of _Profit_ encourage extractive socioeconomic relationships
Extractive socioeconomic relationships are relationships which are not:
A) Mutually beneficial _or_
B) Enthusiastically consensual.
And I am 100% enamored by two things:
Combining these two structures decentralizes power while creating affordances for _capturing_ some of the wealth our labor creates.
The Prosperity License basically says "Hey, if you're a person, you can use this for whatever purposes you're willing to be personally liable for, but if you're a non-human entity, you gotta reach an agreement with the maintainers"
While Rochdale cooperatives encourage mutually beneficial, consensual producer/consumer relationships.
@zee This is great, I have been contemplating this exact problem recently. I think its entirely fair to put limitations on how otherwise FOSS software can be used. I have been troubled by this since Gab forked mastodon to create one of the most toxic sites on the web. Furthermore, how many aweful corporations make billions using free software to which they've contributed nothing. We need to adjust to the modern problems of software development in a hostile world.
@zee Yeah, I have been working on something I am reluctant to put out under existing licenses, would love to get involved in helping to build an alternative legal framework that protects projects from code poachers and bad faith users. It is a much needed area of innovation.
@zee I think I will. ☺
@aktivismoEstasMiaLuo I am aware that Cloudflare is a piece of corporate fecal matter.
I am not particularly interested in making decisions about what services to use based upon which vendors they choose; as it imposes my value system on a context outside of my understanding.
That said I am in favor of putting together ethically owned and operated alternatives; if you’re interested in contributing to building them.
The Wandering Shop is a Mastodon instance initially geared for the science fiction and fantasy community but open to anyone. We want our 'local' timeline to have the feel of a coffee shop at a good convention: tables full of friendly conversation on a wide variety of topics. We welcome everyone who wants to participate, so long as you're willing to abide by our code of conduct.