[nycbug-talk] Fwd: no more apache updates

Bob Ippolito bob
Wed Jun 23 11:54:57 EDT 2004

On Jun 23, 2004, at 11:36 AM, Pete Wright wrote:

> Bob Ippolito wrote:
>> On Jun 23, 2004, at 9:58 AM, Robert Collins wrote:
>>>> I like that people are expected to write code or shutup.
>>> Personally, I don't like that people are expected to write code or 
>>> shutup. I
>>> am not an authority on organizational structure by any means. But it 
>>> seems
>>> to me that when you get a group of people together that want to 
>>> accomplish
>>> something, from a household all the way to an entire country 
>>> division of
>>> responsibilities is a necessity.
>> The way I see it is this:
>> It's *their* project, not yours.  If you don't like their manners, 
>> policies and/or philosophies then don't use their software.  It's not 
>> your place to say how they should spend their free time.  Hell, 
>> you're lucky they share the code with you under a liberal license.
> I think the point he was trying to make is that by being a user of an 
> opensource project you share some of the responsibility of the project 
> itself.  Be it through testing, showing others how to use it, or even 
> coding.  That is also what I feel makes opensource projects "better" 
> than their closed source counterparts, the sense of shared 
> responsibility that the community takes on.

I don't really see how open source is a requirement for this kind of 
social model.  Unless you're actually benefitting from looking at the 
code, it really shouldn't make a difference.  I think lots of freeware 
but not open source projects have active user communities that do lots 
of testing and hand-holding.

But anyway, there's a lot of choices out there for open source software 
because there are lots of different kinds of people.  If you don't like 
the OpenBSD social model, there's always GNU SLASH Linux :)

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