Concord in GPL, Day 2

I'd say yesterday went pretty well.

The GitHub repository has 17 forks and 141 followers.

There was a huge uptick in Fargo use.

There was a lively not-too flamey discussion on Hacker News.

And a very long thread under the original blog post, dominated by people who think it's a mistake to use the GPL.

Of course I think GPL is exactly the right choice.

I want to feed the open development community.

And I meant what I said in the readme about talking with commercial developers. I like commercial development. I have been a commercial developer myself. But these days that means creating silos that trap users and their content. That I am very much against, and don't want to do anything to support it. I merely want to have a conversation with commercial developers, and perhaps derive some revenue from the licenses, to share in their bounty, and support continued development of the open source project, and most important insist that the user's data not be locked up.

I've had a lot of experience with funding VC-backed companies with ideas and work, and have gotten $0 and no equity from it. These people are very protective of their capital, so I'm doing the same. If that means less uptake for Concord, I'm okay with that. If that means another outliner toolkit comes along, that's great! I hope they're compatible with Concord at a file format level. I hope to give them very strong incentive to be compatible.

Remember who I am and what my experience is. I don't care to repeat the format wars we had over RSS. If you want to use my software, that's fantastic. Hopefully we can work out a fair deal without fighting over compatibility.

Mostly, I envision a community that works entirely on open source software, the way Linux or WordPress works. I don't see that excluding commercial development, but I don't want commercial development to dominate. The Internet works best when everyone contributes to the commons, not just some.

Ask not what the Internet can do for you, ask what you can do for the Internet.

Posted: Tue, 17 Sep 2013 12:55:25 GMT