Subject: Re: on "tax" (Re: improving project maintainership)
From: Don Marti <dmarti@zgp.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Feb 2002 12:14:35 -0800

begin Adam Turoff quotation of Fri, Feb 08, 2002 at 01:55:02PM -0500:

> Sorta proves that the business case, if it does exist, is unsustainable
> in a down economy (or just plain unsustainable).

(Using the history of VA to generalize about the economy does not
seem maaningful.)

I ran into Jim Ready of MontaVista at LinuxWorld; he's fired up
about the advantages of getting any changes you make to free software
into the "official" development process as quickly as possible.
Keeping your internal version and the maintainer's version in sync
minimizes the amount of work you have to do when you bring the new
official version in for your product.

If you employ someone who is not the maintainer, but a contributor
with juice, that's a win too.  So on Jim's view it looks like
companies need to fund enough of the process to have sufficient
influence, and that may or may not translate into enough funding
for the maintainer to meet his or her goals.

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