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From: Vickram Crishna <v1clist <at> yahoo.co.uk>
Subject: Open Projects and success
Newsgroups: gmane.politics.activism.wsfii.general
Date: Monday 26th May 2008 08:00:59 UTC (over 8 years ago)
Titus Germanicus writes "If you're thinking about open sourcing a
project in the near future, Mozilla might be the perfect blueprint to
follow. At last week's Mesh 2008 conference in Canada, Mike Shaver,
chief technology evangelist and founding member at Mozilla, and John
Resig, a JavaScript evangelist at Mozilla — two of the key figures
behind the success of Mozilla's Firefox Web browser — listed
inclusivity and transparency as two of the top cornerstones of any
community-built project. Shaver said in this interview that because the
Web is intended for everybody, the level same openness should be shared
with Firefox's open source contributors."
 
http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/298094770/article.pl

Refreshingly, the details of emulating this path in hardware, and indeed,
from design upwards, have inclusivity and transparency as the touchstone.
As they have in free/open source software, 'business models' are emerging
(like Ponoko and OpenMoko) here as well. 

Where I see some serious structural issues ahead is open organisations,
such as wsfii. Despite the wonderful role it plays, and the unstinting help
and guidance that impacts many tens of thousands already - and hopefully
that number will not stop growing exponentially until connectivity is
ubiquitous - there are things an unregistered organisation is simply not
permitted to do. A deplorable restriction on human freedom - the freedom to
associate in communities. 

Vickram
http://communicall.wordpress.com
http://vvcrishna.wordpress.com



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