Friday April 28th, 2000
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.
#16 Re: My Thoughts
Saturday April 29th, 2000 10:29 PM
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If you file a bug and it is marked WORKSFORME it is usually because either... 1. You're bug report was not written well and we couldn't reproduce what you wrote. 2. You used an older build and we can't reproduce it in the latest build. You can always reopen the bug if it still occurs in a newer build for you.