(This is quite long, so dont proceed unless u read novels.
Point taken toh it may not be apparent in the phrase. I guess the slogan is not meant to be in the form of a longer mission statement. It seems more of a rallying cry, articulating the aspirations of all.
Just like Nike's "Just Do It" or plain Yahoo! without slogan, they signify some intrinsic value they want to potray. What we want to potray is that Open Source is just not codes, not anymore. We are a bit ahead from the age of Linus Trovalds' historic move which is ancient by web standards.
We are not about to leave the era of Eric Raymond's Bazaar yet. Its his controversial thesis that is now been tested. Its now reversely proven with Compiere.
Many miscalculated thinking that "if i give open source, then my codes get downloaded by everyone, then i can charge for EVERYTHING else" Which is true, but flawed because the critical success factor to make that happen is not BOTs but humans browsing, downloading, testing, commenting, improving, selling, talking, arguing, losing, winning on those codes they downloaded.
At one time Linux community debated about making Linux non-techy and GUI like, which was a big debate. Finally the leader decided to have a heart and go for those poor souls who only knows how to hold a mouse and click on two maybe three buttons. And the GNOME era began.
Its precisely the poor users that are non-techie that gave birth to my articles, bursting up thru 300 metres of water gasping for breath. I wrote the first (historic?) article http://compiere.red1.org/POSred.pdf
but got restricted suddenly on my second update by a <1mb limitation in the Contributions page of SF/Compiere.
I wasnt about to strip my tutorial of the important screenshots and illustrations that made them bloated in size. Been reader friendly was my concern. Otherwise i better not write, as only strict techies would understand.
I went high and low asking for FTP sites to post my tutorials that soon gave birth to a twin - CallOut.pdf. And then came some sisters and even a triplet.
Finally i went online and buy a hosting service, and i didnt know it comes with other goodies such as this forum and guestbook and mail etc. But the main original idea was just a FTP site for newbies to download my tutorials.
And thus your concern as one of those users (your prospects included) are supposed to be accounted here.
It has been my personal philosophy to push the bar up on Open Source to be also Open Knowledge. Thats what i declare in that POSred.pdf copyright statement, that its not enough just been Open Source, but not giving the knowledge on how to effectively use the codes.
I was and still am very delighted when a reader send me praise and u got to excuse the emotion i feel, top of the world, and not getting a single cent for those tutorials.
I was approacjed online by Marco, offering to join the Compilo and i did. In fact if i had known that Compilo was around, i wouldnt have form red1.org.
I further encourage to be open and give out knowledge as more precious than the codes themselves. Some agree, some disagree. Some asked, how in the world u gonna eat? Well, "God gave you teeth
Been asked to lead this Adempiere is both an honour but also a risk. I m allergic to business pressures. Dont get me wrong. I work alot around business people who paid me. But they strictly pay for my time, and all info is given free and vice versa, what i know of the new features i in turn make free. I dont divulged their priveleged client info or the personal way they win business. And i m not interested to. I merely abstract or factor out the tools that they use so that others can use it. Just imagine if the Cave man patented the wheel.
Back to your concern. Therefore, saying all these, i mean to support that the end user is best served when they get the confidence they usually do from household brands. In lieu of that, they need hard evidence, and with codes, that comes with knowledge. The best custodian of such knowledge is the learning and teaching community. You may form the certification community. We just wana be the certifiers
With Open Source the parameters are bit different. But business params are the same! Customers dont give a damn what u call your ware, they wana see it in action. Their questions are often very basic but unanswerable by the technical person. I know that cos i got to answer them. And the customer is right. So i went back to my codes and ask whats wrong? Answer is "Nutin's wrong with the codes". Its the way its packaged. Its the way the Salesman is.
And we cannot switch to conventional params to fulfill those 5 layers of packaging and salesmaship that bloat the cost finally. We displace them with something next to but much better than those codes, people. People who played with those codes and are open to trade. Thats the bazaar.
The bazaar means the people are plain and accesible, to cajole, bargain, argue, propose, counter, and seal. Not the Cathedral that people fear and shun the priests, who put rules, and restrictions and disallow dissent.
JJ committed a very priestly act. I tell u why. U see, he put his codes on the web rite? And he is listed on the list. He is accessible. He is in the bazaar. But he doesnt want to. So what can he do? Simple. Dont answer. Dont appear. Dont do more. All he wanted (it seems so to me at least) is just put those codes there and wait back here. PPl pay here. Ppl dont pay there. He avoided the community. And u know why? Cos he can still afford to. His business jumps by leaps and bounds with only one staff, cos the bazaar effect helped him.
(Ok u re yawning and dozing off there, so u flipped 238 pages to this) Now the bazaar revolted and presented a new perception to the game.
Its The Community, Stupid!
Colin! Hows that for our new slogan