Open Source Kickstarter Report Card

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Mon Aug 17 21:43:50 CEST 2015


Terence Heaford wrote:
 >> On 17 Aug 2015, at 19:13, Richard Gaskin wrote:
 >>
 >> and I don't recall seeing it on either the Kickstarter stretch goals
 >
 > Are we to conclude form all these type of comments that if it was not
 > in the KickStarter Stretch goals then it’s fair game to be omitted
 > from future Open Source releases and included in future Commercial
 > releases?

I think it would be wisest to avoid assumptions altogether.

There are already features in both the open source and proprietary 
editions that weren't among the Kickstarter goals, so the assumption you 
suggest would be incorrect out of the starting gate.

And on the other hand, there are now add-ons in the proprietary edition 
which are not in the open source edition, so assuming the other 
direction would be equally incorrect.

Rather than attempt to decide all the future possibilities in broad 
strokes, it seems best to evaluate each moment as it unfolds.

There are reasons to believe the company is in earnest about its open 
source endeavors, and reasons to believe that certain add-ons may be 
beneficial for both editions if the company is able to derive value from 
them through proprietary per-user licensing.

Personally I have my doubts about the realizable value of such things 
being sufficiently compelling over the long haul in the particular way 
they're currently pursued, so I don't expect this to be a major trend.

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  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
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