Core intentions to make everything open source are:
- to foster innovation to happen elsewhere
- to avoid lock-in and monopolization
- to credit individual contributors
- to encourage longevity and resilience
- to establish a moderate truck number and collective ownership
- to contribute to the gift-economy
- to operate out of abundance rather than scarcity
Inspirational sources on open source
- How Open Source Projects Survive Poisonous People—Two Subversion developers talk at google about how to keep pests and malcontents out of your open source projects. From the abstract: "Every open source project runs into people who are selfish, uncooperative, and disrespectful. These people can silently poison the atmosphere of a happy developer community. Come learn how to identify these people and peacefully de-fuse them before they derail your project. Told through a series of (often amusing) real-life anecdotes and experiences.
- How the Open Source Movement Has Changed Education: 10 Success Stories—A story about how open source has changed education. The article goes well beyond open source to highlight open source-inspired or open source-esque projects like Project Gutenberg, MIT's OpenCourseWare work, Wikipedia, and others.
- Innovation Happens Elsewhere—Open Source as Business Strategy, a comprehensive book by Ron Goldman and Richard P. Gabriel. A book intended for anyone considering using Open Source. It describes what open source is, discusses business reasons for using open source, and describes how an open source project works in a day-to-day manner. It will help you decide on whether open source is right for your project, and, if so, what steps you should take to proceed and some mistakes you should avoid.