1i5t5.duncan at cox
Aug 8, 2012, 4:30 AM
Post #15 of 103
Dale posted on Tue, 07 Aug 2012 16:36:30 -0500 as excerpted:
> What I don't like about the way Walter, mdev, is being treated is this.
> People say that if you don't like the way udev is going, WRITE CODE. If
> you are not going to write code, don't complain about udev. Then
> Walter, I think I got the name right, comes along and comes up with a
> alternative for udev that seems to work well for the people using it.
> Then people complain because he is actually stepping up and WRITING
> CODE. Well, it seems a person can't win on this.
FWIW, while this isn't (currently at least) a solution I'd use, I
certainly respect the man both for coming up with a solution to his own
problems, and more importantly, for sharing it with others. =:^)
The more so here, since as he's stated (and much like me), he's
reasonable with scripting, etc, but doesn't claim to be a C/C++ coder.
I believe there's quite a few list readers who have a similar respect for
his efforts. Just because it's not something they'd use personally,
doesn't mean they don't respect the idea.
I believe at least some of the push-back isn't out of disrespect per se,
or even saying it shouldn't be done, it's more a skepticism many within
the FLOSS community develop over time, having seen all sorts of projects
begun, but few of them actually survive more than a few months,
continuing to be maintained and updated over years. Just take a look at
sourceforge or github or the like, for the number of half-or quarter-
FLOSS projects are similar to business startups in that regard.
Something like 80% don't survive a year or ever become even close to self-
sufficient, but if they do... they're generally around for five. (Tho a
difference with FLOSS is that in 5-10 years, the /need/ for the project
has often disappeared as well, at least as originally envisioned. By
that point many projects that actually survived their first year and got
a userbase, have either evolved far enough from the original idea that
they're hardly recognizable, or have simply disappeared as no longer
necessary or useful. By contrast, a business life cycle, once it gets
beyond that first year, tends to be rather longer...
So I think a lot of it is more a "nice idea, we'll see if it sticks
around", more than a disrespect for it or the person behind it, per se.
If it's still around and actually useful in a couple years, I expect
you'll see a lot more overt respect that simply isn't evident, now.
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