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I'm planning on writing about the recuperation of into modern capitalism, effectively moving it away from consumers. Does anyone have any reading suggestions?

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@albin I'm not sure I'm understanding the theme.

Though there was a bunch of stuff written in the late 1990s / early oughts, much of it more aspirational than accurate.

ESR's CatB, O'Reilly's Open Sources, Rosenberg Open Source. Biella Coleman & Siobhan O'Mahoney did PhD dissertations on the subject. Biographies of/by RMS and Linus Torvalds.

Or do you mean something else?

@dredmorbius I mean something like the transition to "open core" and FLOSS being less meaningful for consumers and more a tool for tech companies to cheaply build infrastructure. It would essentially coincide with "the cloud", but the corresponding cultural shift happened a bit later than the infrastructure shift, perhaps only a few years or so ago

@albin The inherent tension between open-in-truth and open-in-name-only goes back decades.

I'm opd enough to remember the "open architecture" hype of the early 1990s, a meaningless branding term. "OpenVMS‘ came out of that.

What you're describing strikes as the current iteration.

Or, alternatively, there's the limitation of mass markets to truly deal with products of any complexity, a trend FLOSS tends to expose. See #TyrannyOfTheMinimumViableUser

Server/enterprise has more stomach (or need) for complexity.

@albin Considering ESR's very active role in this, I'd probably read a bunch of his stuff.

@ari Thanks! I'm not a huge ESR fan but I'll look into it.

@albin Oh, the point isn't to be a fan. He was really influential in this shit trend so it might be worth reading how he did it you know?

@ari Ah, I see, so what you meant was that it's useful to be familiar with ESR (and, I guess, RMS) to understand the history of FLOSS. Sure, I'm on board with that.

I was more after specifically other people's work on analysing the transition to "open core" in the mainstreaming of FLOSS after ca 2010 and what that means in general.

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