Weekend Discussion

Friday April 28th, 2000

What does Open Source mean to you in terms of user feedback? Does it mean that you are given more power to interact with the developers? That you are given more power over those developers? That the end-user takes on a more active role in determining the direction of development?

And the big question (which feeds off a discussion in a forum today): what kind of responsibility do third party developers have to meet the deadlines of commercial entities who are utilizing their Open Source code? What if these deadlines are being advocated by end-users? What role should the end user play in directing the time of volunteer coders?

For example, should the third-party volunteers implementing XSLT or SVG or MathML have a responsibility to meet the deadlines of Netscape 6? Even if Netscape didn't promise the technology for the 6 release? What if end-users are telling them that they need to get it done for that release? How much can or should an end-user expect in this situation? How much responsibility should the volunteer developer feel to deliver?

We're interested in feedback from both end-users and developers. Let us know what you think. It's a complex question, but one that I think needs a public airing.

#13 Do you mean Open Source in general...

by SomeSmartAss

Saturday April 29th, 2000 1:47 PM

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...or specific to THIS project?

I think with many other, more established, OS projects, deadlines are not realy valid. Releases are pretty much just a point where some core group draws a line in the sand and says "package it!" How-ever, seeing as this particular project has soo much scrutiny being placed on it, and such a high calibre of comercial backers (NS/AOL, IBM, Nokia, Real...) I think there should be a certain expectation to "keep up, or get out of the way". Thankfully, the lizard has been created in a modular sence, so that the removal of partially completed elelments prior to the first major release isn't a huge headache (at least I don't *think* so...).