How To Get $1m From Sun

You'll remember when I was in India I announced a $1m programme from Sun to recognise contributors to a selection of Free/open source communities (and gave a few more details afterwards). In the interim, each of those communities has formed a team to work out how they would like to direct the $175,000 Sun has allocated to them, and I'm delighted to announce that the six programmes are now live. Full details in the press release which links to each of the community sites.

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With all due respect to the experience of SUN's project managers' and community chiefs' skills and experience at managing teams of FLOSS contributors, I have one small suggestion to make.

If already implemented, kindly ignore.
If _not_ implemented, and if found doable (forget the tech media, they will never support you, simply don't care about them),

PLEASE,

use at least $10k-$20k, per project, in distributing minor funds in units like $10.00 and $5.00 \*dependent on local rates\*

\*\*Daily wage\*\* units, if you permit.

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Commoditize the earning process
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I know it sounds like a sweatshop, like Mechanical Turk.
I know it was criticized very much.
That's why this is where your community leaders will really have to show their skills - it will obviously bring a huge workload, but it is really worth the effort, IMO.

One good way is to keep everything open for everyone to see - what work brings what money is open for all to see.
Maybe not even behind a registration.
Just \*open\* like wikipedia.

I'm not fully right, I know. But I am not VERY wrong, I'm sure. Thereabout, if not spot-on.

To say it in another way,
What do the www, Internet, MapReduce, SETI, Google, Paypal, OLPC have in common?

What do fragrance/odor, the atmosphere, rains, hurricanes, meteorology sensors, cloud-seeding, advertisement, rumors, bloggers, piranha, swarms of bees, ants, comupter viruses, botnets, viral marketing have in common?

- Distributed, micro-sized elements.
- Interacting, self-organized (you got that part correct) groups
- peer-to-peer
- The network is the computer

A "marketplace". A true Bazaar.

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The network is the \*\*distributor\*\* of funds.
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This money could come from the "Honorable mention" fund.

What do you lose in money terms?
$10k-$20k - one month's salary for some exec.

What do you gain?

............

See what I mean?

The only issue is "fair distribution"
Now, who in this industry has the largest number of programming-metrics systems running on their platform?
Which programming language has the best code-analysis tools written in large numbers?
Java.

So, calculating the monetary value of code is easest for which community?

Everything is in place.
Assemble the blocks.
TIA for listening.

Posted by minorcontributor on January 29, 2008 at 03:39 PM PST #

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