[kwlug-disc] given enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow?
unsolicited at swiz.ca
Sat Jan 9 01:21:19 EST 2010
Bob Jonkman wrote, On 01/08/2010 11:41 PM:
> Insurance Squared writes:
>> Boggles my mind that what I'm running on my desktop has been built by
>> people doing it for free after work.
> Mostly not. I think that many (most) of the F/LOSS tools and programs
> have been written by corporate programmers writing for their
> corporation. The spinoffs of Libre software have made their code
> available to the rest of us.
> Think of Novell's SUSE development. Here is a commercial Linux
> development company, releasing their code for free. But those guys get
> *paid* by Novell to do that. Granted, Novell pays them (and other
> programmers) to build proprietary applications that run on SUSE, but
> first they need to build the foundation OS needed by those proprietary
> applications, and that foundation OS is released freely.
OK, but be fair. Novell bought SUSE. Re-cast your thoughts from the
perspective of SUSE before it was purchased. i.e. from the position of
the developers who got SUSE that far. IIRC, was there not a SUSE
non-free version as well? If so, do you still feel the same about the
free version of the time?
How about Debian? Fedora? CentOS? Ubuntu? [Canonical being a
charitable organization (?), who's contribution is mostly a tighter /
more integrated version of a Debian repository. Marketing, etc. Less
so code contribution. But they probably do do bug reports so that
fixes go into Debian and the results come back up to their repositories.]
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