re: What do you do if you're in the middle of a project and you realize it already exists in the world? VIEW POST

re: If it's a money-making project, this is actually a good thing--competition means there's a market, people are willing to buy what you're making. Yo...

Good that you have made the attempt of looking for some rule and special cases.

I am with you in that open source project should not be duplicated too much.

Big companies reuse all they propietary software code as much as possible.

We might forget the past but, the fact that we can use opensource projects today was because of the free software community and the preasure they gave to the market.

They could only achieve that because of they phylosophy of build and reuse.

Big companies don't use to make redundant solutions, they just concentrate resources on a good, competitive one.

If the opensource community has twenty projects to make the same thing, that is beauty and very dynamic, but from the economical perspective... "the resources are divided".


Also there are other costs for the community like the increase of second level dependencies with redundant functionality.

So another criteria would be.. Is it a top level (appliance) project or is it one framework that would be used by many projects?

I would say more basic dependencies sould try to don't repeat themselves.

For the propietary software and componentware marketplace it is something different. I would say.. You have the right to push the market but if you don't contribute back to the opensource projects used, a lot of complexity might accumulate in your customizations and the manteniance costs will grow up to the stress point.

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