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Re: Why do People like larry or David Cross write free language and distribue

by jethro (Monsignor)
on Jul 06, 2011 at 08:41 UTC ( #912928=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Why do People like larry or David Cross write free language and distribue

A few reasons:

Altruism: They might find it rewarding to share.

Tit for Tat: They might hope that if they share, others share with them

Pride: They might think they get known for their work, their code could be used by many people

See it this way: If you sit around a fire and are the only one with a pack of beer, would you share? Now if you share source code, the situation is even better: By sharing you are not losing anything, you still have your copy of the code.

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Re^2: Why do People like larry or David Cross write free language and distribue
by DrHyde (Prior) on Jul 06, 2011 at 10:09 UTC
    Releasing code and being active in the community is a great way of promoting yourself to potential employers, and showing them how awesome you are.

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