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Re: Companies Contributing to Open Source

From: Bruce Momjian <bruce(at)momjian(dot)us>
To: David Fetter <david(at)fetter(dot)org>
Cc: Lukas Kahwe Smith <smith(at)pooteeweet(dot)org>, pgsql-hackers(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: Companies Contributing to Open Source
Date: 2006-12-20 16:13:23
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David Fetter wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 19, 2006 at 05:40:12PM -0500, Bruce Momjian wrote:
> > Lukas Kahwe Smith wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > > 
> > > I think another point you need to bring out more clearily is that
> > > the community is also often "miffed" if they feel they have been
> > > left out of the design and testing phases. This is sometimes just
> > > a reflex that is not always based on technical reasoning. Its just
> > > that as you correctly point out are worried of being "high-jacked"
> > > by companies.
> > 
> > I hate to mention an emotional community reaction in this document.
> You don't have to name it that if you don't want to, although respect
> (or at least a good simulation of it) is crucial when dealing with any
> person or group.  Handing the community a /fait accompli/ is a great
> way to convey disrespect, no matter how well-meaning the process
> originally was.
> > We normally just highlight the inefficiency of a company doing
> > things on their own, and the wasted effort of them having to make
> > adjustments.
> Would it really hurt to touch on some of the "whys" of this?

Sure, I mention that once they deal with the community, it might
requires extensive rewriting:

	This means the employee is not benefitting from community oversight
	and suggestions, often leading to a major rewrite when a patch is
	submitted to the community.

  Bruce Momjian   bruce(at)momjian(dot)us

  + If your life is a hard drive, Christ can be your backup. +

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