Excellent video detailing motivation behind open source
This has been all over Twitter, so I apologize if this isn’t new to you. I absolutely love the fact that this video had as a visual not a boring set of PowerPoint slides, but instead a beautifully illustrated backdrop that was both informative, clever, and funny (the BTTF reference made me laugh).
This comes to a slightly different conclusion than that of The Cathedral & the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary, one of the more popular books explaining the open source movement. In that work, the author Eric Raymond puts a lot more emphasis on the importance of recognition as a motivating factor for open source; it’s not just the fact that you are contributing to a worthwhile cause, but the fact that your name is attached to the work.
Obviously that book was written much earlier than this video was produced, but I wonder what the author would think of it.