12/31/2004: Open Source innovation...
According to reports, a group of IT students in Copenhagen have just come up with the latest innovation in open source: the world's first open source beer, Vores Øl ("Our Beer"). In case you're a little unclear on the concept of how a beer can be "open source", let's let the developers explain:
How can beer be open source?So if your life's ambition is to become an open source beer hacker (and I can think of many less noble ambitions), you can find the recipe here.
The recipe and the whole brand of Our Beer is published under a Creative Commons license, which basically means that anyone can use our recipe to brew the beer or to create a derivative of our recipe. You are free to earn money from Our Beer, but you have to publish the recipe under the same license (e.g. on your website or on our forum) and credit our work. You can use all our design and branding elements, and are free to change them at will provided you publish your changes under the same license ("Attribution & Share Alike").
Why not? We all like beer, and as an added bonus there is a legendary quote used to explain the concept of free software (now usually referred to as open source software):"Free software" is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of "free" as in "free speech", not as in "free beer".We think that our open source beer is a nice twist on this quote, and we think it is interesting to see if our beer grows stronger in out in the free and perhaps one day becomes the Linux of beers. Who knows?
Len on 12.31.04 @ 09:25 AM CST