What an intriguing group we have for this discussion!
I come at open source from a slightly different perspective. I'm an
artist exploring the territory of 'gift' and 'free' because of the
complex mix of ideas, feelings, politics, and situations I find
there. Although I do of course use open source software, I mostly
look at the free and open source software movements as both
inspiration and a laboratory. I've found as a practical matter that
gifts anchor and catalyze participation - if you want to make
something happen, it's much easier to start with a gift than a
request. I'd be really interested to have a conversation about how
people here experience both giving and receiving in the context of
open source (and for that matter, in the context of art). For
instance, are you more excited to use a tool that's free? Or more
wary? Does it feel like a gift? Does it create an obligation?
Looking forward to all this,
On Apr 2, 2008, at 8:52 AM, Janet Hawtin wrote:
> Started using Linux after living for 2 years in London and
> participating in GLLUG and Lonix.
> Have been helping in community groups including ITShare computer
> recycling and using tools like Inkscape for making designs.
> We have had a few Barcamp kinds of events in Adelaide which include
> some Linux work
> and also some hardware rewangling.
> Cheers Janet
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