TUNES development startup - Part 1
Mon, 26 Jun 2000 19:37:53 +0200
Francois-Rene Rideau wrote:
> Dear Tunespeople,
> I'm in contact with various people to found a startup company that
> would develop TUNES. Any advice, contact, funding, idea, etc, is welcome.
> We're particularly trying to define
> 1) a business plan.
> 2) a development schedule.
> The idea would be to raise funds thanks to an early prototype,
> so that the path to such a prototype is important, and advice is sought.
> Once funding is found, we can afford hiring some people almost full time
> on the project with a decent salary...
> Yours freely,
> [ François-René ÐVB Rideau | Reflection&Cybernethics | http://fare.tunes.org ]
> [ TUNES project for a Free Reflective Computing System | http://tunes.org ]
> Brain, n.:
> The apparatus with which we think that we think.
> -- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"
I'm sorry for the delay. I have decided finally to divide this
long e-mail in different parts and to send each part separately as
soon as possible, when each is in a decent form (I hope).
IMO the best candidates as financiers, at least in early phase,
are public institutions like European Union (EU) and probably
little, innovative companies particularly sensible to free
software. These little companies are more responsive and less
conservative than corporations and we could gain a good feedback
from they in the application of the Tunes framework to different
The motivation of this orientation is principally because the
political, economical and philosophical choices on which the Tunes
project is based are against corporate culture (namely true
liberalism vs. capitalism).
As you have highlighted Faré (thanks for this work of
demystification), true liberals make a moral choice establishing
that to protect public interest is good. Then they claim (with
good arguments and exemplifications) that public interest is the
consumer interest, *not* the producer interest.
Certainly I don't share the extreme position that every human
relationship is definable always and only in terms of competition
and exchanges in a "market", but I think it's the same for you,
Faré (I suspect that this comes from false liberals or
Ironically the free software cooperative model demonstrates that
co-operators, even with scarce resources, can challenge big
competitors. The liberal model of competition, placing the accent
on free flow of information and on freedom in general, seems to me
more similar to the free software movement than to the capitalist
model, with its patents, copyrights and false competitions (secret
or manifest trusts).
Besides a more direct involvement of the user base, a soft
distinction between consumers and producers, thanks to the free
availability of sources, are distinct advantages of the free
software model in term of freedom for people.
In any case I want to suggest a truly transnational organization
based on the Net. EU is now particular sensible on these themes
(tele-woking, partnership between EU citizens) but I think this
project could do better: a worldwide network of collaborators and
"federated organizations" (businesses or no-profit).
Organizing such network at an effective level of productivity
(similar to ordinary business) is certainly not simple but is
aligned with Tunes and its central idea of decentralization.
The forum "Jobs in the Knowledge Society" is quite interesting, at
least to understand the EU policy about these themes:
For the eventual objections to public intervention, I want to beg
all you to be realists: in Europe, when a big company is going
wrong, capitalists demand public intervention, "to save
employments" they say, but when profits return to grow they
doesn't refund the public nor they share profits with their
workers. However, I want remember you the simple but true fact
that public founds are our money (taxes).