Subject: Re: Back to business [was: the Be thread]
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 12:30:21 -0500 (EST)

Keith Bostic writes:
 > In my own case, Berkeley DB, we get almost no contributions from
 > our user base.  Users find bugs, of course, but I can count on
 > two hands the number of submissions that included an attempt at
 > a fix, and I can think of exactly two bugs where the fix was
 > right.  We have gotten exactly one feature implemented outside
 > the group.  I can think of two reasons for this: 1) DB is a
 > complex piece of code (high-concurrency, threaded,
 > transactional, recoverable, B+tree), or 2) database systems is
 > really algorithms hacking, and doesn't appeal to many people.

I can think of another reason, although I'm not an a position to vouch
for its accuracy: 3) that your license gives you an advantage over any

-russ nelson <>
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