My favorite engineering team out there is probably Artsy. If you go through their blog you might understand why. One of their core mantras is “Open Source by Default”.
I’ve given a lot of thought to that idea. In the past, I tried to apply it with no success to the companies I was working with.
My history with open source dates back to 2007, and then in 2010 I had the opportunity to participate in the Google Summer of Code, following my work around Ember.js ecosystem, making creative commons my book “Ember 101” and then a long break until today.
Now that I’m experimenting with something new and have the power to decide, I’ve been thinking of making AnclaX open source by default too.
I want to publish everything under the MIT license and optionally offer a “Pro” version of AnclaX which would be managed. The idea of the pro version is inspired by Ghost, the publishing platform.
As I mentioned in What’s next?, I feel identified with Stellar and their goal of “connecting people to low-cost financial services to fight poverty and develop individual potential”.
Making all my work open-source might be a step towards that goal. Some people might have the money to pay for the pro version while others might not have it but still be able to benefit from all the work that I’m doing open source.
I’ll try to keep you posted on this experiment and if you have worked on a company which is open source by default or have thoughts about this, I’d love to hear your comments.