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Re: [ox-en] New economic model for free technology?

Stefan Mertten schrieb am Dienstag, 27. September 2005 um 17:45 [PHONE NUMBER REMOVED]:

When I think of an Oekonuxian perspective I find this a bad approach
because it reintroduces the alienation of the money system back into
Free Projects. It is the customer / boss who says what is good and
what not. At least for software if this would be the best way to do
things than M$ would need to have no fear of Free Software. In other
words: The quality of things produced without this type of alienation
is higher than with alienation.

Hi Stefan, we have shortly discussed these things and
as we noticed  I see that differently. maybe I should explain:

I see that what Karel is developing is a kind of "self-set-goal". 
He sets the goal and looks for people to support it. 
You cannot equal that with a situation where 
"the boss sets the goal". 
And you can hardly compare this with a situation where
"the customer sets the goal". 
Frithjof Bergman has rightly called the latter the
"slavery to the market" and I think you are right by
putting it into one category with employment.
But Karels benefactors are not necessarily his customers.
I think this makes a lot of difference.
I think that possibility should be part of an Oekonuxian perspective....
there might be faster development if we can also live on what we really
really want to do.

The deeper reason is that if you create a good for nothing else than
its use value than you can create the very best thing thinkable. This
mode of production also attracts bright engineers because this is what
they want to do deep down in their hearts.

If you want to create something very good, and you simply 
lack the time and resources to do it,
why should it not be logical to publish the request of

Hardware development might mean prototyping, material costs etc.

But the going gets tougher for all people. We all experience the situation
that we do not have enough time and energy to do what we really want. I
personally suffer from that and I would like very much that someone would
buy me time to work even harder on the things that I consider necessary.

So to get back to your example allow me this question: When you
furthered the development of Ronja did you ever think of what could
bring in (more) money? If so were there a point where these thoughts
were more important than technical and useage considerations?

At least we can bring our theoretical troubles and voids to a very
empirical point here. I am very eager to read Karels answers!


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