This is a question I'm seeing a lot from developers about App.net: "I don't get why I should back a project which is not open source. What's the point in that?" That's from comments of my RWW post. @dalton et al, what's your response to that?
@ricmac it's hard to adequately debate not being in person, or in full blogpost, but as long as protocols/APIs are open and documented, whether or not server implementation is opensourced seems less relevant
@ricmac and to be clear we are *not* saying that we will not open source things, we are just trying to not over-promise at this point in time. There are a few pieces we are already thinking about putting on github
@ricmac@dalton why would you buy a car? Is it open source? A TV? XBOX? Are restaurant recipes open source? The real question is, why does something need to be open source to be valuable and worth spending money on?
Shared @cameron: @ricmac@dalton why would you buy a car? Is it open source? A TV? XBOX? Are restaurant recipes open source? The real question is, why does something need to be open source to be valuable and worth spending money on?
@dalton@ricmac Add "data exportable" (thrilled @adn has export, BTW), and I pretty much agree. If I can get my data, in the worst case I can write code to process it. Having exact server code less important to me.
@ricmac Please understand that the near-term goal is not to convince *all* of the people, it's to convince *enough* of the people. That is how I have defined critical mass, and have blogged about this "enough of the people" concept extensively.
@matthew#bug I don't know, if it's just me, but when I tap on a post to view it in the "second window", and then scrolling down to the last comment, then you will often only be able to see a part of it, because you can't scroll further. #shrtmsg