It's been 45 or so years since the free software movement started and hardly 1% of professional programmers make a living by developing free software.
And of those being able to make a living, most are developing "enterprise open-source software" (like Kubernetes, Prometheus etc.) which the general public is never going to use.
@njoseph is this surprising? Free software is by it's nature free and thus difficult to monetize.
@njoseph when general public start paying for the free software they need, we will get more developers jumping in.
@hardbass2k8 @lain @njoseph and even among software with a user interface, a vast majority of programmers are working on the nth copy of a PHP website editing configuration files, or making minor tweaks to code from elsewhere that only applies to their specific situation. Among those who create original software worth sharing, the share of FOSS programmers looks a lot more decent than 1%
@njoseph I think this generation is more technically capable than ever, and I feel hopeful that people of the future will be building the software they use every day. I say this as someone developing the Fediverse.
@njoseph To be fair, we may also need less developers if we use free software. (Or could do more.)
My impression is that Mastodon was build with much less resources than Twitter.
@njoseph Maybe it's time to take the hint.
@njoseph ... and worst: A lot of "FLOSS" projects are sponsored and backed nowadays by large industry donors who possibly don't care much about "free" / libre ideas (looking at you, GSoC). 😐
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