Open Software Side Effects

Karsten M. Self kmself at
Mon Apr 16 22:53:34 UTC 2001

on Mon, Apr 16, 2001 at 02:38:05PM +0000, David Johnson (david at wrote:
> Switching topic titles...
> On Sunday April 15 2001 09:29 pm, Karsten M. Self wrote:
> > This goes beyond the legal issues of free software, but my own list of
> > factors is slightly more extensive:
> >
> >   1. Development methodology...
> >   2. A software architecture...
> >   4. An economic model...
> >   6. Open standards...
> Since Frank's post was trying to list the necessary and sufficient factors 
> for Open Source, it seemed as if you were trying to do the same. I would not 
> characterize the above points as necessary attributes of Open Source. Rather, 
> they are common side effects of Open Source. You could certainly have 
> projects that are open but which don't have the above attributes, and you 
> could have closed source projects that do.

Success of projects not satisfying these is either far less probable, or
achieved at higher direct investement cost, two sides of the same coin,
if you think of money as a way of distorting probabilities.

Karsten M. Self <kmself at>
 What part of "Gestalt" don't you understand?       There is no K5 cabal
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