BI in the title refers to Big Industry. Just for shits and giggles, some food for thought. Isn’t it fascinating to consider:
Why Volkswagen can have huge factory plants, deliver multiple car models in rapid succession, customized for the cllient. All done on a hyper complex coordinated production line, depending on a huge supply chain involving 1,000’s of vendors from across the world? → Then be perfectly profitable thoughout that entire chain?
And on the other hand compare that to a modest FOSS project with a good team of maintainers and contributors and a mid-size community → And hardly earn a dime? Let alone be in any way sustainable.
We might ridicule Elon Musk for being a narcissistic egomaniac (which he is), but he pulled off multiple huge industry challenges (I know there’s background story… OT here).
Why is this the case?
- Evil capitalism fault? → Yea, plays a role… only in part. Principles + values roadblock only?
- FOSS project’s fault? → Yea, most projects govern mostly the tech side, not far beyond.
- FOSS people’s fault? → Yea, as projects show, tech gets most attention, biz-savvy lacking
- FOSS community + ecosystem fault? → Wouldn’t here be a lot of under-attention?
How would you hang percentages on these bullet points?
What other high-level causes are missing in the list?
Aaand → How would you build such LibreFOSSWagen supply line?
Just joking. Forget the supply line and the scale, but:
Imagine how would we get to similar amounts of collective collaboration based on grassroots dynamics of the Commons? Is that possible even?