[ubuntu-uk] Social FLOSS?

Tony Arnold tony.arnold at manchester.ac.uk
Wed May 9 16:53:22 BST 2007

TheVeech wrote:
> On Wed, 2007-05-09 at 14:17 +0100, Tony Arnold wrote:

>> Personally, I think this would be very difficult. A service such as
>> Flickr must need huge resources for it to be successful (I mean in terms
>> of hardware, the disk space alone must be fairly huge). Such resources
>> do not come for free, so it either needs to be done by a company that is
>> earning money else where or the service itself has to get an income from
>> somewhere.
> I've said this before, but I wouldn't mind paying as a way of
> contributing to something that's in our interests - I couldn't see it
> happening without some contributions - but run like the projects, to
> provide the best web-based services we can.  But these are ideas without
> purpose, because I wouldn't know where to begin!

Many of these services are offered, at least in a limited form, for free
and then the really useful service is charged for. But even that needs a
sizeable initial investment to get going. Obviously possible, but way
beyond my knowledge base!

> BTW, IIRC, Google just uses bog standard Hard Drives.

Yes, but thousands of them!

 > TBH, I haven't heard of anyone getting heated about this, but I've had
> enough of the situation.  All of 'em are just stuck in the food chain.
> Flickr gets swallowed up by Yahoo!, Yahoo! is looking to being swallowed
> up by MS, Roman Abramovich buys Pluto.

Does he know it's not a planet any more:-)

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