Rod,

In general, I think it is unhelpful to imagine that Free Software has  
a nature entirely separate from commercial activity.   Eric Raymond's  
meta-analysis is a useful historical document, but is not relevant to  
this discussion.   We are discussing the relationship between open  
source business models and CCHIT fees, not the sociology of  
collaboration, which is Mr. Raymond's sphere of emphasis.   I suggest  
instead considering the works Steven Weber or Eric Von Hippel, where  
"open source" and "business model" are the point of the analysis.

   http://web.mit.edu/evhippel/www/democ.htm

With best regards,

[wr]

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On Mar 27, 2006, at 8:37 AM, Rod Roark wrote:

> On Saturday 25 March 2006 03:08 am, Thomas Beale wrote:
>> Rod Roark wrote:
>>> The point is, open source (as in Free Software) is NOT a business
>>> model.  It's a method and end result of collaboration among users.
>>> I make good money at it only because some of those users are willing
>>> to pay me to do the techie work for them.
>>
>> if someone is paying you something, then there is a business  
>> model. It's
>> better to be aware of what it is than pretend that it isn't there....
>
> My business is just work for hire, and I can assure you that I'm aware
> of it.  :-)  This has nothing to do with my point.
>
> For a better understanding of the nature of Free Software, see Eric
> Raymond's classic work at:
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> http://www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/cathedral-bazaar/
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> and as an interesting exercise, count how many times the word
> "business" appears.
>
> -- Rod
> www.sunsetsystems.com
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