@kragen You'd likely have to undermine their business model.
On the positive side, this is a dynamic which can be used to play megacorps (and possibly other interests) off one another.
That notion goes back to IBM's Earthquake Memo, ~1998.
I'm not sure if you were at the LinuxWorld Expo where copies of that were being shown around, probably 1999, NYC.
Tim O'Reilly wrote on that in Open Sources.
@kragen Fair enough. "At least" to the Earthquake Doc.
Though that *specifically* laid out the policy of adopting an Open Source orientation for IBM specifically to compete more effectively against Microsoft and Sun.
Similarly: Netscape's assault against Microsoft, with browsers (and trying to break the desktop stranglehold), Sun's release of StarOffice, Google turning Microsoft's AJAX against MSFT via Gmail, etc., etc.
@dredmorbius @kragen @zardoz @kick @enkiv2 One reason companies are able to out-develop non-commercial organizations is that they're more able to make it people's full time job. So the problem to solve here is funding. A UBI would probably do it, but I think there are other ways, mostly involving collectivization. Coding communes: pool resources and minimize people's cost of living.
@freakazoid Absolutely. Commercialism's capacity to moblise resources is phenomenal.
Early work on Free Software as an organisational model (see Coleman's and O'Mahoney's works, among others) suggested FS/OS was an organisational model which could displace traditional propreitary SW dev. And in some cases it has.
Others not so much.
And it can be *adopted* by commercial enterprises (or govs, edus, orgs) as well, combining capital + FS/OS.
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