How does well does this community work?
vasco.nevoa at sapo.pt
Sun Aug 23 01:41:19 CEST 2009
That's a though question, especially due to the differences between a
car and a phone. :)
When it comes to pure Community building, IMHO the leaders seem to be
Ubuntu; so you should probably talk to Jono Bacon or read his book. ;)
Regarding the Openmoko community, I think it works better now that we
don't expect anything from Openmoko the company -- this has freed
everybody to assert their own targets and roads, and get down and dirty
instead of waiting for the next disclosure. So, not having a "benevolent
dictator" over the community makes it proliferate and flourish. On the
other hand, we now have almost as many distributions as we have phones
out there. ;) And many of the applications are being redundantly
developed in parallel, instead of collaboration.
So, my humble advice to you: if 40fires wants a coherent community,
focused on a small set of defined goals, you must be the benevolent
dictator and you must have a single communication channel that is
extremely clear (see linux or perl); if on the contrary, you seek
variety, chaotic innovation, and surprise, then just throw it up on as
many channels as you like and watch the feeding frenzy. :)
BTW, congratulations on the project. The world needs it.
Roland Whitehead escreveu:
> I am working with the 40 Fires Foundation [http://www.40fires.org] to
> try to build a framework for the development of open source hardware.
> You might have heard that the first project is the "hyrban" car - a
> car powered by a hydrogen fuel cell - the prototype of which was
> revealed by Riversimple [http://www.riversimple.com] earlier in the
> summer and whose designs have been licensed to 40 Fires. We have had
> input from Mozilla and other software foundations but of course the
> design of something like a car is a little harder to manage as an open
> source project. Openmoko.org is frequently raised in discussions and
> has lead me to push forward a wiki, mailing list and nabble based
> forums. Before we commit to this, how well do you think that this
> technology serves the Openmoko community? If you had the chance to
> build a community for the development of the Openmoko (hardware as
> well as software) what would you do and why?
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