Perception of LFS
rbpark at ualberta.ca
Mon Jan 13 09:00:18 PST 2003
Alas! Matthias Benkmann spake thus:
> When I wanted a working simpleinit I had to fork my
> own. When I wanted to have Gimp working in Ion (The Best WM) I had to do
> it myself. When I wanted an XWPE that doesn't crash when you use watch
> expressions, I had to fix it myself. If I think back, most significant
> feature requests or bug reports I've made so far for open source projects
> have had no effect. Open source is very much like proprietary software in
> this respect. The only difference is that with open source, I can fix
> things myself.
But the important bit is, did your fixes get re-absorbed into their
projects? If they did, then that's truly the beauty of open source:
they may not have been interested in fixing it themselves, but now that
it's fixed, everybody may benefit from it.
It does not matter if you fall down as long as you pick up something
from the floor while you get up.
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