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From "William A. Rowe Jr." <wr...@apache.org>
Subject Re: Are devs who work on or use open source happier in their employment?
Date Fri, 24 Sep 2010 04:51:43 GMT
On 9/23/2010 11:40 PM, Martin Cooper wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 23, 2010 at 9:20 PM, William A. Rowe Jr. <wrowe@apache.org> wrote:
>> On 9/23/2010 11:13 PM, Martin Cooper wrote:
>>> The other thing I'd say is that the answers to these questions are
>>> going to depend a lot on the particular developers in question. A
>>> couple of people have commented here on how great it is to be able to
>>> dig in and find the root cause of a bug, and even fix it. That's great
>>> for us open source nuts. But the vast majority of developers don't
>>> give a hoot about why a tool or library or whatever doesn't work,
>>> whether it's open source or not - they just want it to work.
>>
>> See, that's the difference.
> 
> Well, yes and no. The question was about those who use or work with
> open source, as I understand it. Whether those same people
> _appreciate_ open source is somewhat different. (Or are you telling me
> that I must not appreciate open source because I do have "ifs"
> attached to where in the code I'll go, and won't dig in to fix a Linux
> bug?)

Right.  I won't fix every bug I encounter.  I'll fix every bug in my way
standing between me and completion of my current project(s).  There is
a difference (and I'm happy to jump operating systems to work around the
platform bugs).

> Likewise, those who just need a dependency to work are not necessarily
> depending on a vendor to fix it. It may be an open source dependency
> and they may not have the time, the inclination, or the leeway from
> their legal department, to fix it themselves.

Or... the author's legal department, c.f. MS bugs.

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