@switchingsocial I really love the idea of creating more software that is self hosted, and then offering a paid hosting option by the creators. It's a great way to fund open source projects as well as keep it accessible to those w/out the tech skills to host their own, which will no doubt improve adoption rates which is good for all open source in the long run!
I think that the new concept by Tim Berners Lee is the true future of decentralized data. Where we can host our own data and connect it to whatever applications we want whether they be self-hosted or not.
That being said, I think that once we get to a point where we have more options to go out and buy an instance of a decentralized social media platform for a monthly fee is where the growth will really happen.
I do remember seeing this awhile back. Great idea and definitely opens it up to less technically savvy people.
Once we get to a point where we can do this for all social network replacements though it will be amazing.
Being able to say that all of your digital life is truly owned and managed by you is the dream.
@garrett @switchingsocial To build what though? Sometimes it's the other way, the paid version is hosted and the self-hosted version (for security) costs more. Also I think you can combine these strategies... host the core secret sauce, but allow people to self-host the design, or maybe some/all of the data.
@switchingsocial @garrett Absolutely, just depends what's at stake and how much you're willing to trust the developer(s) in exchange for the value offered. Personally, if I have a really cool algorithm that I'm proud of, I'm not sharing it, and I think that's my background as an artist and growing up with Shareware, it's about a unique creative vision for me. I can appreciate businesses wanting to protect intellectual property, I can appreciate the open source model too.
That's precisely it. One of the reasons why it's necessary to have a paid version is because we need that money to sustain our open source project for the community. Being in a stable financial position gives us the ability to keep Matomo freely accessible and open. This ensures our Matomo community will always be looked after 💪