[OSGeo-Discuss] scale of FOSS projects
punk.kish at gmail.com
Thu May 8 18:14:40 EDT 2008
On 5/8/08, Schuyler Erle <schuyler at nocat.net> wrote:
> On Thu, 2008-05-08 at 12:03 +0200, Mateusz Loskot wrote:
> > Yes it does. Karl Fogel describes it very well in his book
> > (http://producingoss.com). I strongly recommend it to project leaders
> > and developers who maintain just-opened and want to get dirty with
> > principles of the FOSS world.
> One important point that Fogel makes that I think is worth noting here
> is that the number-one sine-qua-non of *any* potentially successful
> software project is *shipping working code*.
> Until a developer does that, the discussion of whether or not his/her
> project needs or deserves institutional/organizational support to
> succeed further is moot.
Steve Coast (OSM) echoed the same sentiment very elegantly -- "Real
artists ship. For everyone else, there is wanking."
After a short hesitation, I have really come to appreciate it. Yup,
unless there is working code, everything else -- sponsorships,
organization, standards, committees, mailing lists -- is pointless.
Smart guy, that Coast.
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