Open source is an integral part of the technology stack of many large companies, but authors rarely receive recognition for their work, let alone compensation.
Max Howell claims that Homebrew, the package management software he created, is the most widely used open source program in the world. However, companies that have used Homebrew, including Square and Google, have failed to meaningfully acknowledge Howell’s contributions to their product, he told gaming-updates, although he noted that he doesn’t treat them like a blanket, including some branded goods.
howl infamous tweet That he was denied a job at Google because he was unable to manually answer a specific technical question, despite the fact that “90% [Google’s] Engineers” use software written by them. Since that 2015 tweet, compensation to open source developers has remained a hot topic, and popular developer platform GitHub Feature launched in 2019 Which allows users to send advice to their favorite open source programmers.
Howell sees the emergence of new projects in the Web3 space as an opportunity to change how these open source developers are rewarded for their work. To that end, he announced the launch of a new venture called Chai, which he founded with three fellow engineers and which he says will help reward open source programmers for their contributions to Web3 projects. As for Homebrew, Chai identified herself in the “brew 2 for web3” ad.
Along with the launch, the Puerto Rico-based startup also announced that it has raised $8 million in seed funding led by the company’s venture arm, Binance Labs. Largest crypto exchange by transaction volumeOther I Tea Round investors include: The company said XBTO Humla Ventures, Lattice Capital, Darma Capital, Coral DeFi, DLTX, Woodstock, Rocktree, SVK Crypto and Make Group.
Howell explained that volunteer open source programmers who create software that becomes widely used are often forced to iterate the code they create and solve problems without compensation. He cited the example of a cybersecurity vulnerability found in the popular open source tool Log4J, which, when discovered, prompted users to direct “a lot of hatred and anger” at the original developers.
“They fixed the bug but made it clear that no one is sponsoring their project or paying them any money. [exchange for] His free time,” Howell said.
Open source developers often create a product or tool as needed, and they decide to share it with the wider community for free. Howell said that this was his original inspiration for starting Homebrew.
“If an open source developer gives [their code] For the community, it becomes an integral part of the mechanism that runs the Internet, like a tower of blocks … all of a sudden they have to support these things, or they break the Internet, ”he said.
Through digital contracts, T seeks to benefit open source developers, which Howell likens to a “loyalty program” where open source project sponsors receive privileges such as exclusive access to project developers in exchange for their investment.
The product automates the process for companies and individuals using open source software to sponsor their developers. Howell hopes Chai can play a role in moving the Web3 ecosystem in a direction that supports more open source developers than the Internet or Web2.
“80 to 90% of most Web 2 companies have open source stacks. They don’t contribute much, they regret it, but they don’t have a good system in place to extend that value to all the open source code they use. The amount of workforce needed to do this is astronomical,” Howell said. “So here we are bringing this new way of automating for them so they can really help the ecosystem they depend on.”
Tea’s value lies in its ability to guarantee security and reliability to users of open source software projects, which in turn will encourage Tea developers to compensate for those guarantees. Howell said software developed with Chai will remain free to users — a core tenet of the open source community — and allow developers to earn indirect rewards for their work. This means that even if a sponsor does not directly support a particular project, the tea inflation engine will evaluate the popularity of each project in the community and distribute the reward in proportion to the tea ecosystem.
A developer wishing to participate in a prize completes their project and registers it in a “graph” or database created by Chai. Howell explained that the diagram also captures any dependencies on which the project is built. He notes that Chai will be loading his schedules from Homebrew, which means he will start with an already existing database of projects registered with Homebrew.
Once a project is created, Chai creates a new layer of security that informs both users and owners of that project if something breaks on the stack, he says.
Members of the T ecosystem can reward developers by purchasing utility tokens associated with each project, which gives members access to exclusive agreements with project developers. For example, a token holder may receive a license agreement in which developers can guarantee that they will continue to support the project.
Tea will also have a “slashing” mechanism, whereby project management can be transferred from one developer to another, in case the project needs immediate support, and the developer will provide it after a certain time, not wanting or not being able to. Howell duration.
“We are building this open source decentralized graph and we are going to offer it to everyone,” Howell co-founder Tim Lewis told gaming-updates.
“There are well-known examples of open source developers copying their packages from the web, causing development problems and sometimes it’s a bit detrimental to lose. As long as I respect will and freedom [of the developer] That being said, we believe that the open source ecosystem is more important than any bad day. So our graph is an immutable, decentralized, and fundamentally safer way to link to open source,” said Lewis.