An easy way for companies to support open source is to ask their team to speak.



Open source software, whose source code can be modified and reused

, is difficult to establish a profitable business model because it is distributed free of charge . Even if you want to support open source financially, the support that can be done by individuals is limited, and in the case of organizations, it is possible that there will be an opinion that 'you should not spend money on free distribution'. , This is also a difficult road. Entrepreneur Simon Willison cites 'requesting a talk' as an easy way to support such open source and explains why.

Support open source that you use by paying the maintainers to talk to your team
https://simonwillison.net/2022/Feb/23/support-open-source/

Willison points out that while companies often want to financially support accessible open source software, it can be more difficult than they think it would be. That's because open source software doesn't have a clear revenue structure and may not even accept donations. Even if the donation is accepted, if only a small amount of support such as 'Can I get $ 5 (about 570 yen) for coffee?' Is accepted, even if it is supported, it will not be fruitful for the project. Hmm.

Another reason why it is difficult to support is that 'you cannot get approval within the company'. Many stakeholders need to agree to spending corporate money, and people who want to help open source software usually don't have enough influence within the company, Willison said. Pointed out. Of course, it would be nice if we could provide financial support individually or as a team, but if that is difficult, 'Why don't you ask the open source software development team to give a talk?' Willison suggests.

If it is a one-time paid lecture, it is more rational as a way of spending money of a company, and it is highly likely that it will be accepted. With the rise of telecommuting and online conferencing tools, remote speaking is possible, which makes it more acceptable, Willison explains.



However, Willison points out that the bottleneck is that good software developers are not always good speakers. In this case, it is better to collect questions from the company's team in advance, use the company's employees who have experience as a moderator, and hold it as a Q & A session with the developer. It significantly reduces developer pressure and explains that sessions can be focused on the interests and needs of your team.

'Companies may have a budget for'employee education'framework, which is great for lectures like the ones mentioned above. For projects that aren't good at raising money,' Willison said. We will propose support methods other than donations. '



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