My proposal for scaling open source: don’t
@njoseph I think writing software that doesn't scale well can still be a big problem, see eg. Matrix.
But I agree that getting more users shouldn't be a priority, and we should focus on the users next to us rather than an abstract model user.
@wolf480pl @njoseph From my observation, people small town governments and farmer cooperatives tend to avoid minority software like a plague. Even very popular free software like Libre Office is a very tough sell.
I mostly agree with the premise, but we need to somehow change people's mentality first.
If they have a problem with niche software, it'll be hard to find anyone who can help them. And if you wrote the software for them, they'll have to pay you (or someone else, but like, what are the chances there is another programmer in town) to fix it.
OTOH in case of a more popular piece of software, it's very likely someone else had the same problem.
@wolf480pl @njoseph Generally, yes, but they often want to go for a proprietary solution in a weird belief that the big vendor will actually fix their issues and never discontinue the product.
It's a complex issue of course.
What's clear is that it is time for a new generation of free software advocacy in any case.
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