[hackerspaces] Hackerspaces survey on Free/Libre Open Source Software

Joshua Pritt ramgarden at gmail.com
Mon Apr 7 23:06:37 CEST 2014

I had an idea a while back on how hackerspaces could contribute to open
source.  Open Source Saturdays!
Take an hour or so (or all night hack a thon!) on some Saturdays (or every
Saturday?) for all the people that want to help out can get together and
vote on or pick out some part or piece of something open source and fix it,
make it, build it, write it, document it, or make a help guide for it.
 Would this be in line with your FLOSS idea?


On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 4:53 PM, Mike Dupont
<jamesmikedupont at googlemail.com>wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 7, 2014 at 3:34 PM, Ethan Chew <spacefelix at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Is such collaboration possible, what examples have been seen and what
>> would you envision such from the perspective of FLOSS?
> Well, first of all without any profit or source of income working on floss
> is not really viable. I am not against profits, capitalism or
> entrepreneurship.
> Not everything has to be public and open.
> There are many combinations of closed and open, private and public and non
> and for profits. Hackerspaces need to pay for rent and utilities etc.
> There are open source companies that are for profit. There are non profits
> companies that use only non-free software.
> For me, i just wish that there were some criteria and guidelines we could
> all agree on that we can send  to people who want to call themselves a
> hackerspace to guide them. I see that my survery was very biased in my
> personal view of FLOSS as pointed out by Randall.
> For me I am thinking about creating what these guidelines might include,
> and maybe this is the forum to discuss them.
> There is an analogy to government as being a form of a club as well :
> Personally I would like to see local and state government to be under some
> open data and access policy. (
> http://www.socrata.com/open-data-field-guide-chapter/developing-your-open-data-policy/)
> . Also I am hoping to see that the data is accessible for disabled people
> and usable from screen readers. But local governments like hackerspaces are
> free to do as they wish and as long as they are viable they will survive
> and continue.
> mike
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