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From Rodent of Unusual Size <Ken.C...@Golux.Com>
Subject Re: OT: whither are we going?
Date Wed, 27 Feb 2002 22:26:04 GMT
Jeff Stuart wrote:
> 
> Roy, however, I do think that there is an implied responsibility for
> apache since so much of the Internet USES it.

Gaining market share has never been one of our goals.  Producing
quality software has.  That so many people have decided to benefit
from our work does not, and should not, shape our activities.  It
speaks for the quality of the work we do -- but we didn't do it for
their benefit.  It is just simply not on to expect us to change our
goals, philosophy, and activities because of the opinions of users
we never sought.  To even ask it could be considered insulting.

> IMNSHO the Apache community is NOT just the developers.

No, but it is the developers, and solely the developers, who
decide on what they want to work.  Not some faceless mass of
users.

> IMNSHO when I write a program even if it's for one other
> person, I have a responsibility to that person to maintain
> it and fix the bugs in it that crop up.

And therein lies the flaw in your argument.  We don't develop
Apache for anyone else, and hence there is no responsibility
to anyone else.  Others may benefit from our work, but that's
coincidental.
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