The complicated economy of open source software ↦
Daniel Oberhaus, writing for Vice Motherboard:
Heartbleed wasn’t an isolated example of developer burnout and lack of funding, but an outgrowth of a systemic disease that had been festering in the open source software community for years. Identifying the symptoms and causes of this disease was the easy part; finding a cure is more difficult.
It’s not enough to just throw more money at the open source community, however. Increased funding creates its own problems in terms of how that money is distributed and what the organizations supplying the funding demand in return.
If you’re wondering how we got here in open source, this report is an excellent read on the subject.
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I read this 2.5 times it was so good. A lot of time and effort must have gone into this because Daniel went deep into detail with Heartbleed (including a link to the git commit). I’m excited to see more and more journalist shinning a light on open source sustainability.