[ILUG-BOM] Sun Ultra SPARC T1
Fri Jan 19 11:56:50 IST 2007
On 19-Jan-07, at 11:19 AM, Vihan Pandey wrote:
> Anyway opinions may differ but mutual respect and discussion do exist.
> Moreover the differences add to a more diverse community thus
> one's understanding.
> 'Tis the FOSS way :-)
my thesis is this: just because source is released under some
license, that does not make a project a foss project. Or rather a
true foss project. The criterion for a true foss project is *not* the
license chosen or the fact that the source is available, *but* the
development model followed. The closer it is to the bazaar model of
development, the better chance it has of surviving. We tend to lose
sight of this very often. And why is this important?
If you look at wikipedia, around 850 people have contributed 50% of
the english content. The rest is contributed by tens of thousands of
people. And a lot of this contribution is one-off contribution. And
it is these one-offs or minor contributions that make up half of
wikipedia. A developmental environment that efficiently harvests
these 'minor' contributions is a healthy 'fossy' environment. Which
is why I dont like the environment provided by mono or mysql where a
patch will not be accepted unless copyright is assigned.
Yes, in most projects, the core team with commit rights, the main
contributors are few. Sometimes just one person. But the community
around the project is important. Does sun have the culture to build
such a community? Will some outsider be allowed into the inner circle
to decide directions. Are decsions made by a meritocracy - or by the
company heirarchy. These are the important things.
lawgon at au-kbc.org
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