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From Steve Loughran <>
Subject Re: Corporate Contribution [Blondie's Parallel Lines...]
Date Tue, 07 Jun 2011 13:27:18 GMT
On 06/03/2011 03:58 AM, Sam Ruby wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 10:24 PM,<>  wrote:

>>> Corporate assignments are notorious at the ASF for disappearing
>>> communities.  Sometimes, there is momentum to keep going, often
>>> times there is not.  Communities are based on individuals.
>> And individuals are often employed by corporations, and are their jobs
>> sometimes entail contributing to open source communities.  I think we all
>> understand how this works.
>> But do you have any hard numbers, for example, showing a higher
>> abandonment rate for projects with more corporate assignments?  That would
>> be an interesting correlation to show.  Of course, we must also consider
>> the projects that never came into existence at all, for lack of corporate
>> sponsorship.  That number is harder to estimate.
> I can confirm that is is a common enough phenomenon to warrant
> highlighting in the standard template:
>> And just because corporate withdrawals are "notorious" does not mean they
>> are common, or that they are the greatest risk we should consider.  The
>> Boston Strangler and Jack the Ripper were also notorious, but you have a
>> great risk of death falling down stairs.

The issue with corporate reassignments is that everyone just "vanishes". 
They get reassigned, and go away. In OSS, individuals tend to drift off, 
go onto what else interests them, or whatever. The turnover/year may be 
the same, but the way the turnover happens is different.

to make things worse, because the paid FTEs tend to work full time on 
the projects, they understand the code well, gain committers status 
through their contributions, and so when they go, a big chunk of the 
active knowledge goes along with their departure

  Axis 1.x: IBM staffers all vanish.
  Harmony: IBM FTEs all vanish.

I don't think we need any more, given that these show that IBM has a 
track record of doing this. Maybe not your bit of the company, but we 
outsiders can't tell that

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