Friday, July 1, 2011

Brent thoughts -- July 1st, 2011

The servers, the people, and the data and/or expertise stored on them are really what is valuable in an free software (subset of open source) world. In the open sourced world as a whole, it is people, data, resources, and infrastructure. Ideas are shared, but not paid for (unless there is a particular reason to do so).
One group becomes dominant by possessing lots of data, resources, and infrastructure in addition to (at least initially) loyalty by a majority. People are more fluid, unless constrained by emotional or physical factors.

There may be one or more qualities that sets an individual apart. This would allow them to leverage themselves in such a world. In addition, such people tend to be numerous in industries where the initial capital investment is low. Also, people in (or influenced by) such industries tend to be pushed away from open source by artificial restriction, and/or by subconscious, conscious, or spiritual responses.

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