We need a new way to think about open source

Open source is about community, so why can’t we get along? I’m referring to the recent fracas between Elastic and AWS, but we’ve dealt with similar issues for many years.

In this most recent episode of Open Source Wars, Elastic accused AWS of “behavior [that] is inconsistent with the norms and values that are especially important in the open source ecosystem.” AWS responded that, actually, it’s Elastic that is violating open source norms and values, leading AWS to fork Elasticsearch and Kibana to “foster healthy and sustainable open source practices—including implementing shared project governance with a community of contributors.”

Personally, I don’t think this conflict is a matter of licensing. I mean, it is, but that’s just a symptom, not the cause. The heart of the problem is about who gets to profit from open source software. To help resolve that problem, we just might need new licensing, as

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