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When open source projects close the process, something's wrong

Posted by: Anonymous [ip:] on November 03, 2007 08:54 PM

So, are you going to criticise Linus and the 'closed' development process of the Linux kernel as well? Believe me, you don't want me to have full and un-fettered access to Git to make any old changes I like, I don't have a clue! FOSS may be open to view and open to copy and use and fork, but it is also a meritocracy, you have to prove you're good enough to contribute, usually by starting at the bottom and working your way up. Don't like it, then start your own project or fork. Ever considered the GIMP guys may have had more people working on it than they could properly coordinate or were so far advanced in the process that adding someone else would actually slow things down? Ever heard of the mythical man month?

On the icons, the artists had a vision they were trying to realise, and were asking people to wait until their work was completed before distributing them. Imagine how Shakespeare or da Vinci would feel if they invited you into their studio for a sneak peek at their creative process, and in return you started distributing rough incomplete copies of their works before they had finished? Just because you have the right to do something doesn't mean you always should. If you want to be part of the FOSS community, then there's certain unwritten rules you should follow when participating in the community, or benefitting from the works of the community, the primary one being respect for the people who are giving up their personal time and effort for your benefit. Show them the repsect their efforts deserve, respect their simple wishes, and they will continue to contribute and help grow the community. Treat them with selfish contempt or righteous expectation and you risk driving them away and losing the benefit of their efforts.


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