… why can’t we?
It was announced yesterday that the White House IT folks have released some of their Drupal modules to the open source community. I am used to thinking of government as a dusty dinosaur whose bureaucracy keeps it behind the times. So this surprised me.
It seems we lack institutional support and direction on contributing to open source here at UNH. Is this true? We certainly use open source like gangbusters; we’ll take all the quality free software we can get. But do we contribute back? Are we feeding the virtuous circle, or simply leeching it?
In the midst of trying to better monetize our intellectual property, who amongst our best minds can articulate the corners where capital isn’t actually king?
And, why do I rant like this? Probably because I am more mad at myself than anything for not having made a meaningful contribution to computing in the public domain.
I just want to be like the White House staff, and do it on the clock. ;)