Subject: Re: improving project maintainership
From: Tom Lord <>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 13:31:08 -0800 (PST)


       Why does it make sense to centralize the burden of coordination (at the
       maintainer) away from the divergent developer?  Or put another way,
       how is the maintainer eventually rewarded for the boost they give to
       the divergent developer?

FSBs and semi-FSBs already recognize the value of that coordination.
See, for example, Bob Young's recent interview (you can find a link to
it through /.) or IBMs admirable forays into project maintainership
and sibling project participation (e.g. ICU and the i18n of various
core GNU/X11/Linux utilities).

Consistent with the lightweight, anarchic approach that seems to be
doing moderately well so far, the various FSBs and semi-FSBs already
trust one another to employ and fund a fair-share of maintainer-ships,
and maintainers are trusted to act in the interest of the public
project.  For a few big projects, where that trust starts to look
squirrelly, these companies have already demonstrated their
willingness and ability to create formally neutral n.p.o. foundations.