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LinuxPlanet: Trust Unlimited

Mar 27, 2003, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robert McMillan)

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"LinuxPlanet: Where did the idea for Affero come from?

"Poole: When I was at MandrakeSoft, I started trying to figure out where the real value was being exchanged and where we could add value and make profits. We started looking at the motivations for the communities that were developing the Mandrake platform--what motivated people to check in their patches and participate in the community. We looked at what these individuals needed. A lot of them needed money--many people that are doing this work, they're doing it as a hobby but they'd like to do it full time.

"So we started looking at that. Reputations were a big aspect of why people were doing things. It was fun, and people who contributed would get Whuffie from their friends. So we just started to look at the value that was being exchanged there--either monetary or non-monetary--and we started working on e-services not only enhancing the exchange of value, but also creating mechanisms for monetizing that..."

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