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Working in Public
- by nayafia
- subtitle "the making and maintenance of open source software"
- go https://www.amazon.com/Working-Public-Making-Maintenance-Software/dp/0578675862
- club https://lu.ma/t2rcivwh
- "until recently, information was good, and more information was better."
there is a disconnect between how we think open source works and "what is actually happening on the ground today".
- most succesful projects have very few core contributors; many have only one, the maintainer
- "in more than 85% of the open source projects the researchers examined on github, less than 5% of developers were responsible for over 95% of code and social interactions"
- i.e. the 1% rule or 90-9-1 rule applies to open source
"over the last twenty years, open sourc einexplicably skewed from a collaborative to a solo endeavor"
- "open source helps us understand why our online world didn't avolve the way that early scholars predicted"
- "if creators, rather than communities, are poised to bcome the epicenters of our online social systems, we need a much better understanding of how they work"
Part 1: How people make
1. Github as a platform
- An aside: this chapter reads a bit like a github commercial and I'm not sure I like that.
- GNU and the free software movement are mentioned relatively in passing.
But overall this chapter read as a dismissal of past movements; I have to admit I ended up with the feeling she was selling them short.
- "Hackers are characterized by bravado, showmanship, misechievousness, and a deep mistrust of authority. Hacker culture still lives on today, in the way that beatniks, hippies, and Marxists still exist, but hackers don't capture the software cultural zeitgeist in the same way they used to."
- She follows steven levy.
- She lists rms, esr, linux torvalds in the same paragraph. She dedicates two paragraphs to expanding on each.
2. The structure of an open source project
3. Roles, incentives, and relationships
Part 2: How people maintain
4. The work required by software
5. Managing the costs of production
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