Free software is a gift economy

planted: 30/12/2021last tended: 30/12/2021

Not sure I agree with this claim or not. I like free software and I like gift economies so I'd be fine if it was a good one.

But part of me feels like it's actually more communist (from each according to their ability, to each according to their need). Gift economies as I understand it have some expectation of (delayed) reciprocity that I'm not sure exists in free software.

Note that this doesn't necessary claim that free software is exclusively a gift economy. Different projects could be different types of exchange systems.


for some places to possibly dig in to this.

1. Epistemic status

Gut feeling

2. Elsewhere

2.1. In my garden

Notes that link to this note (AKA backlinks).

2.3. Mentions

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