Open source is a restaurant, by Chad Whitacre

Chad Whitacre makes a great analogy around when/how software gets paid for, vs food.

Open Source is a restaurant. At a restaurant, you eat your meal first, and then you are expected to pay for it. Yes, we could dine and dash. But we don’t. When presented with a tab for a meal we have just eaten, we pay the tab.

  • Open source is not a grocery: pay first, and then eat the food
  • Open source is not a soup kitchen: not donations or charity – it's not someone else eating the meal, you ate it

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