I think I am beginning to understand the open source spirit. It is rooted in straight faced, good to God apparent intentions of a community project that is open to all. What makes it appealing; is the well presented feeling that everyone is working together to build a much greater entity than otherwise could be accomplished alone. And the joke lies in there.
Its obvious (or should be obvious) that when contributors get closer, more intimate with their project., the less “open source” it can ultimately be. For undoubtedly people get possessive, and rightfully protective of their physical literal work, and intellectual product…
So it would seem that these “open source” projects are only so, until obvious worth is noticed and monetary value can be loosely established. As soon as the project melds into financial benefit territory the actual “spirit” is lost as no one wants to witness other individuals capitalizing on their work.
The course of action would not be to redirect human instinct in this matter but to be more forthcoming with the reality of our nature.
An open source project begins with the best of intentions… until it is clear who is working the hardest, contributing the most, and who should reap (any and) all the benefits.
I think the hypocrisy is self obvious.
P>S> … I believe the “open source” should exist literally for team Glory… and for other (unknowledgeable ) persons to get into the field of interest. If new people hit a dead end, then the inspiration is lost upon them.
PP>S … I am specifically speaking of the linux command line initiative and arrogance.