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The Creator of Homebrew’s Plan To Get Open Source Contributors Paid – Using Blockchain

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The creator of the Linux/macOS package manager Homebrew has a new package manager named Tea. But according to Stack Overflow’s podcast, the software also “aims to solve the problem of providing funding for popular open source projects.”

While he is not a crypto bull, Max was inspired with a solution for the open source funding dilemma by his efforts to buy and sell an NFT. A contract written in code and shared in public enforced a rule sending a portion of his proceeds to the digital objects original creator. What if the same funding mechanism could be applied to open source projects? In March of 2022, Max and his co-founder launched Tea, a sort of spirtual successor to Homebrew. It has a lot of new features Max wanted in a package manager, plus a blockchain based approach to ensuring that creators, maintainers, and contributors of open source software can all get paid for their efforts.

You can read Max’s launch post on Tea here and yes, of course there is a white paper.

The paper describes the proposed solution as “a decentralized system for…

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