On Thursday 12 March 2009 20:51:47 Eldon Koyle wrote: > <rant> > Openmoko (the company) doesn't have any responsibility to be open to the > community. I personally do appreciate when they are, but I can see why > they might want to be a little more closed. I think a lot of time is > spent arguing with community members over things that aren't extremely > important in the long-term. > > When it comes right down to it, there is no reason for them to tell us > everything that is going on. Let them make their design decisions so > that they can make better use of their time in accomplishing their > goals, whatever they may be. Chances are you won't agree with some of > their design goals. They can't please everyone, so they shouldn't try > to. The beauty of open source is that you can change it however you > want. If you disagree strongly enough, you make a fork or write > something yourself. > > Companies involved in open source projects aren't involved solely for > the sake of open source (although they are usually very good > contributors). They have goals they are trying to accomplish -- like > finally getting a usable software stack for a phone. They also have to > make money somewhere. > > If by saving the effort of communicating with everyone who thinks it > should be their business is allowing them to spend more time making a > usable set of applications, more power to them. They are still giving > you the source, and if you don't like something I'm sure patches are quite > welcome. > > Look at what happens every time a hardware-related (ie. gta03) post > occurs on this list: there is a very strong split between people who > want mutually-exclusive features, followed by a lot of arguing about > which is better, when it really comes down to a matter of preference > (the resistive vs. capacitive argument reminds me a lot of the > stereotypical vim vs. emacs comparison which is guaranteed to start a > flamewar on any LUG mailing list). > > </rant> Thank you very much someone needed to say something along those lines.
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