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.

#3 Much more control

by thelem

Friday April 28th, 2000 6:19 PM

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I love the amount of control Open Source gives end users.

For example, take bug16216 <> I created this as an RFE a while ago, not really expecting much to happen. Yet now there is quite a bit of activity around it. Whats more I have a chance to add some input to that activity.

The developers assigned to this particular bug wanted to take it in a differant directory, and we are now trying to find the best solution together.

All parties benefit - the end user gets better features, the developers get more end user feedback and interested end users can help shape the software.