On Monday 27 March 2006 09:46 am, Will Ross wrote:
> 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 meta-analysis is a useful historical document, but is not relevant to  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

Thanks for the link.  This is a long document.  Is there any particular
part of this that you'd like me to consider?

On Monday 27 March 2006 09:43 am, Greg Woodhouse wrote:
> Aren't we missing the larger issue?

Each of us has our own idea of what the larger issue is.  For me as
an OpenEMR developer, the underpinnings of open source philosophy
are paramount.  Raymond's essay is not a "meta-analysis", it is a
specific case study.  And if we are talking about certification of
open source software and how it will be paid for, how can we
possibly ignore the fundamental motivations that create and sustain
open source projects?

I think it's fair in this discussion to question even the value of
certification.  Who gets to decide if a software solution is a worthy
one if not those who actually use it and also happen to drive its
development?  Frankly I think a lot of people would love to be in such
a position of power without having earned it.

Consider other mission critical applications such as mail servers,
web servers, desktop environments, operating systems, SQL databases,
compilers and Java application servers.  Open source is well
represented, very popular and highly trusted in all of these areas,
yet nobody is screaming for certification bodies to oversee them.

I'm not saying that certification should or should not happen.  I'm
just saying that some very fundamental issues are not being
considered, at least not openly.

I understand that these thoughts may not be popular in this forum.
However I think somebody needed to express them.

-- Rod

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