I think size of the open source space is less important than
the quality of the contributors.
It is true that open source is characterised by having lots of contributors, but a very large part of the success can be
attributed to a few outstanding individuals.
I dont want to undervalue anyone’s contribution. It is just that we really innovators like Richard Stallman.
Could be. I usually check my email several times a day in between working on any projects that pique my interest, and playing a few of the games I like, namely Solitaire, Mahjong, Jigsaw puzzles, and a couple of 3-D merge games. I’m a retired widower in my mid seventies, so I try to keep myself occupied so I don’t turn into an old bored geezer .
Regarding the article that prompted this post, the main takeaway I got is that when companies hire developers who contribute to open source projects, they should give those developers enough on-the-clock time to be able to properly support the open source projects they develop/contribute for/to.
In an ideal world that would happen. Reality steps in a lot so it doesn’t happen as often as we’d like.
Maybe those who are retired could be semi-retired and contribute.
I think that sounds like a good retirement, at this point. I’m not quite there yet, but I am guessing there will be times I’m looking for something to do and like you said, it’s something that should help me stay sharp (or get sharper?).
You said you play some games. Try this one, I think it’s fun.