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Should open source software advertise?

September 5, 2019

Via: InfoWorld

Given how dependent we’ve become upon open source software, one would think that we would have a bevy of options for supporting the developers who write the code, but we don’t. Oh, sure, if it’s a big project with big money involved, like Kubernetes, funding is not too hard to find.

But what about a popular JavaScript library (style guide, linter, and automatic code fixer) like Standard? Not so easy, leading one of the founders, Feross Aboukhadijeh, to experiment with an advertising model—and later end the experiment after lots (and lots) of negative feedback.

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