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What Not to Expect with Open Source

What is open source?

Open source is a project, not a product or service.

What not to expect with open source

1. Don’t expect features. If you want a feature, do it yourself

2. Don’t expect empathy. Open source is war of reason

3. Don’t expect newbies. If you are a newbie, do your assignment (know the basics)

4. Don’t expect idealism. Open source is about pragmatism

5. Don’t expect contributors. Birds of the same feather flock together

6. Don’t expect high quality for all projects. Open source is scratching one’s itch

7. Don’t expect homogeneity. It’s not fragmentation, it’s diversity

8. Don’t expect technical support. Use at your own risk

9. Don’t expect kind words. Open source is not for the faint of heart

10. Don’t expect corporate agenda. Open source is not about products or services

11. Don’t expect democracy especially if the project is under the auspices of a company or foundation

12. Don’t expect consensus. If you don’t like it, fork it

13. Don’t expect tribes. In any ecosystem, there are parasites.