> why does the Apache/Jakarta project still uses maillist?
> It's a technology that was used before the invention of WWW.

And boy does it ever work!
I've worked on a number of commercial projects which are managed in a
similar way to accomodate dispersed teams.
It works, we like it, get used to it.

> Everyone get's your eMail address, therefore you get spammed all the time
> the and it's very inconvenient to use.

Use gmane for a mail to news gateway.

> Every student homepage has got it's own forum now, so why not
> Apache/Jakarta??

Because of all the alternatives you might have chosen "forums" *really*

> I think this prooves again that Open Source is still a geek project and
> away from a professional managed software project.

There are two views to this, one is that many, many, professionally managed
software projects count Apache amongst their role models for team
management, in fact some of the most commercial and largest software
companies in the world are having to adopt a managerial approach similar to
OS project management in order to "compete".

The other view is that OS is indeed about geek projects, thats the point,
pointy haired bosses can't write software, pointy haired bosses make us
write bad software by adding irrelevant distractions like deadlines and
dumb requirements.

OTOH any pointy haired boss who has a valuable contribution to make can
turn up and make it. If it is of any genuine value it will probably be
adopted, and they can be elected onto a project as commiters. We probably
have quite a few, busily writing software for Apache and keeping their
pointy haired nonsense for their day jobs ;-)


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