That’s something we’re thinking about if not constantly, but once in a while.
Obviously, the community could be a tremendous help, both in testing, fixing, and developing new features
More publicity, better karma
- A distraction. We’re moving fast, fixing hundreds of bugs a month and developing several epics a quarter. By large epics, I mean:
Going open source will require us to slow down our current development to manage the development by the community: respond, test, reject, fix, etc.
- Different skillset. We’re devs, designers, and QAs.
Imagine we have colossal community posting issues and code. That would be a more managerial role we’re not ready for and don’t enjoy. It would require a different team.
And if the community is small , why bother?
Chrome vs. Lunacy
Now, why does it work with Google Chrome? The analogy is super accurate, indeed.
Google wants to create a profitability desert around its core product, search. AdWords generated $200B in 2021, and Chrome is a free companion product. It assures there’s no one getting profit out of browsers, much less luring users to competitors.
Icons8 would like to create a profitability desert around icons and illustrations too. Unfortunately, we’re not a monopoly like Google and have 100x less revenue per employee. We should think twice before open-sourcing Lunacy.
Never say never
We don’t exclude that we’ll open-source Lunacy in the future. That would be a gesture of despair, probably. We’re far from it now.
So far, we’re investing the limited resources we get from selling our icons, illustrations, and AI tools. If you’d like to support us, contribute to Avalonia (we’re using it heavily) or buy something from us.