Re: comment wrt. ESR's talk in Vienna

Autor: Karin Kosina (
Datum: Son Jul 14 2002 - 11:14:59 CEST

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Hi there,

+----- Denis HAVLIK -- Sat, Jul 13, 2002 at 11:46:40PM +0200 ----
| I agree with Raymond that there is a strong 'gift culture' in Linux,
| where folks who give a lot are seen as more valuable than those who give
| less. [...]

I never doubted that this is true. I just think that it is an
over-simplification to say that people contribute *only* in order to get
recognition for what they did. This surely is a motive for some people,
but others have different reasons. Everybody likes to get some positive
feedback on what they do, but it is not the primary motive for all
people that volunteer their efforts.

Simply put:

I can give you a present so that others are awed about how generous I
am. I can also give you a present because I like you and I want you to
feel happy about it, and/or because I think it will make your life
easier. :)

Yes, you may call such people idealists -- for me "idealist" is not an
insult. But to say that they are all lying to themselves is one.

- --
Karin Kosina (vka kyrah)

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