Free Software Magazine: Why (Most) Medium Sized Free Software Projects are Doomed (or, IBM Said No)
Oct 08, 2006, 04:00 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Mobily)
"It's no secret that I love free software; you don't decide to
start a magazine about it and stick with it for years unpaid if you
don't. While making Free Software Magazine, I learned a lot about
free software and its ecology. What I discovered was sometimes
exciting, sometimes disheartening.
"The world is blessed with hundreds of free software projects:
from small (and priceless) utilities (like 'ls'!), to complex,
graphical programs (like Firefox, OOo and the GIMP). It's like a
huge ecosystem, where each piece of software has its place and
meaning--and where Darwinian survival rules are applied
mercilessly, especially towards the weaker species..."