Why Open Source

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snowwons
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Why Open Source

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Im drunk... so sorry for the sorta off topic post... but... I really want to know... Why Open Source... Not that I disagree with the ideas and such... but a dedicated bunch like you all I was wondering why do you personally put your precious time into such a demanding project…

There are people who disparage your work people who praise it to high heaven and people who are in between... but what is the driving force to keep you coming back and making such a great project....

What ever the motivation(s)… Thanks for the great work… Not only I, but lots others appreciate it…

Thanks
Matt

BTW… phpBB Portal… I do not know how long the “More details will be available soon.” But I was wondering do you guys have a preliminary road map available?... If not just ignore… I’ll get the picture when I’m sober…
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Re: Why Open Source

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Simple, a website can't be made closed source. Once you distribute it the source is out :lol: . If you are wondering why on this early stage? For feedback. So people can bring in fresh ideas
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Re: Why Open Source

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Well, Vbulletin.

Personally, I think that Open Source is great. I am a PHP coder myself (in my spare time), and i know I would gladly open source my scripts if someone asked. This way the community keeps going forward, and so does progress. Look how fast *nix grows, and look how fast Window$ is growing. Open Source projects grow very fast, while closed source is just out for money.

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Re: Why Open Source

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Plus Open Source can have anything while closed source can only have things which come with it since editing scripts, creating new scripts etc are a breach of the agreement in using the software
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Re: Why Open Source

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How does phpbb support itself?
aside from all the time donated there must be costs involved
I love phpBB and its great that it is free
but i also support paying for software i use (so long as it is a reasonable price)

If there even was a handy paypal donate button i would gladly contribute
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Re: Why Open Source

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All thought the original post didn’t quite get to the point, let me rephrase the question to try to get where I was going and maybe start an interesting conversation in the process.

When I said “why open source”, the question should have been more along the lines “why phpBB”. There are a ton of projects out there that a developers skills could be used to help with. Why does this particular project continue to attract skilled developers who dedicate their time (and sanity) to allow people all over the world to create their own online communities?

If you are a developer, what got you started in the first place (welcome all dev people from mods to dev team)? Personally what do you see this growing into that keeps you going and sane?

I personally see the people / “volunteers” developing these kinds of applications (open source and / or free / open source) just as important as “volunteers” manning the soup kitchens or the local youth groups… These kinds of applications, again in my opinion, can allow, and I hope will allow, groups to form for the better good of humanity. Of course, we need those Quake 3 boards also… =o)

I hope to here back, but just as the first post said, your silence will speak just as loudly as your words…

Keep up the good work :P
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Re: Why Open Source

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killshot wrote:How does phpbb support itself?
aside from all the time donated there must be costs involved
I love phpBB and its great that it is free
but i also support paying for software i use (so long as it is a reasonable price)

If there even was a handy paypal donate button i would gladly contribute
There actually isn't alot donated money wise. Although, Frank kindly hosts our site for free. :)
snowwons wrote:If you are a developer, what got you started in the first place (welcome all dev people from mods to dev team)? Personally what do you see this growing into that keeps you going and sane?
I'm not a developer, but I think I can answer this :D theFinn (James) started this forum about 3 years ago, because he didn't find the current boards back then 'up to par' with what he wanted. :)
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Post by mattd89 »

evilmonkey wrote:Well, Vbulletin.
Yeah, I HATE Vbulliten so much! Why bother paying out for that when you can get the same here for free ? It'd be OK if they installed and maintained it for you, but they don't (at least to my knowledge). Thank goodness this is open-source, or I might just kill myself :D
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Yeah, I HATE Vbulliten so much! Why bother paying out for that when you can get the same here for free ? It'd be OK if they installed and maintained it for you, but they don't (at least to my knowledge). Thank goodness this is open-source, or I might just kill myself
vBulletin is good. It has many features, that phpBB only gets now.

DO NOT MISUNDERSTAND ME... I like phpBB, and I appreciate, what you are doing. I'm also waiting paitiently because I think you are cool, you want to use some of your spare time for us!

But there is some reasons, that vB costs monet :wink:
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Re: Why Open Source

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killshot wrote: If there even was a handy paypal donate button i would gladly contribute
That's actually a good idea, so that phpbb can be supported more. Clever ! :D
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