OpenSource Bureaucracy

Working in the tech industry one is exposed to the wondrous world of open source. Open Source is a community effort to have free software available to everybody. Everything is free and anyone can copy, modify and reuse as long as some basic licensing clauses are followed. Ofcourse such an absurd concept gives rise to many questions and here are some:

1. Why would anyone give anything for free?
2. Why do people work on something that doesn’t make them money?
3. What about the maintenance of free stuff, would anyone care?

The answer to the above is usually quite simple, Some people like money and some like power. Open Source folks like power! And along with the power is the pride of having created something good and hence also the interest to maintain it.

Now, wouldn’t it be great if we could have our bureaucracy or the political setup go Open Source? Imagine if they were to work for free, imagine if they were to work for pride! Let them have all the power they need and being practical, let them have their salaries too, but at the end of the day, they should do good! We would then have a cop who catches someone for jumping the signal and actually writes a receipt down rather than hinting at getting some money. We would have the clerk sitting in the R.T.O office actually help you understand the roundabout process of getting a license and not discourage you so bad that you think of going through some driving school(legalised bribe collectors and distributors). We would have the PWD road contractors not wait till the rainy season to repair the roads, but do it at the peak of summer! Is it too late or too insane to think of such a community coming through in our city or have we started heading in this direction?

2 Comments so far

  1. Mehak (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 1:17 pm

    hey Ajay how nicely u’ve blended the 2 topics…

  2. Ajay (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 10:55 pm

    Thanks Mehak. :-)

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