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The Magic Cauldron (essay)

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Author  Eric S. Raymond
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The Magic Cauldron is an essay by Eric S. Raymond on the open source economic model. It can be read freely online, and was published in his book The Cathedral and Bazaar in 1999.



The essay analyzes the economic models that Raymond believes can sustain an open-source project in four steps:

  • It first analyzes what the author sees as classical myths about the cost refund in software development and tries to present a game-theory based model of the supposed stability of open-source cooperation.
  • Secondly, it presents nine theoretical models that would work for sustainable open-source development: two non-profit, seven for-profit.
  • Thirdly it states a theory to decide when it is economically interesting for software to remain closed.
  • Finally, it examines some mechanisms that, according to Raymond, the market invented to fund for-profit open-source development (like patronage system and task markets).
  • Publication

  • Raymond, Eric S. (2001). "The Magic Cauldron". The Cathedral and the Bazaar (Paperback ed.). O'Reilly. ISBN 0-596-00108-8. 
  • Raymond, Eric S. (6 November 1999). "The Magic Cauldron". Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
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    The Magic Cauldron (essay) Wikipedia

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