You're absolutely right...
Most open source projects are started by one person because they have a -need- to fulfill. It is my opinion (with no basis in experience) that other people join on because
- they have that same need, and want to use that software
- they are using that software, and want to extend the functionality
- the software has become massively popular, and they want their name in the credits. :^)=
I've got my little proggie that I'm working on. 'been plugging away at it for a couple of months now, and I'm still making progress, and will continue until the project reaches completion, but I'm still waiting for people to join on.
Not many seem to be terribly interested in working for free, and I will not ask them to do that. But if they're looking for an outlet for their creative energy, I'm more than willing to provide one.
In Gore's case, I don't feel the -need- for him to be elected, which kindof invalidates the two following reasons right away. :^)=
When corporations suddenly open-source steaming piles of code, it seems like they drown anyone who might be interested, and then they get a bad-tast for open-source, as well as the volunteer hackers, who had a 'bad experience' with ??? company who didn't plan a proper release.
I really don't think that there is an infrastructure for Gore to be targeting here.
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