Why FreeBSD not popular on hardware vendors
odhiambo at gmail.com
Sun Dec 14 02:54:01 PST 2008
On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 1:43 PM, Matthew Seaman <
m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk> wrote:
> Glen Barber wrote:
>> On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 5:03 AM, Wojciech Puchar
>> <wojtek at wojtek.tensor.gdynia.pl> wrote:
>>> You remind me of a tech I once worked with who thought all customers
>>>> were stupid. Maybe they were...
>>> the difference is that FreeBSD is free software.
>>> or is not?
>> How is that relevant?
> The tech was being paid to do a job, so he really was contractually obliged
> to be nice to the customers. FreeBSD isn't under any sort of obligation,
> contractual or otherwise to do anything.
> Well, apart from the exceptions where developers have been hired or given
> grants to implement bits of functionality, or companies have decided to
> their employees with developing FreeBSD drivers[*]. Even so, while the
> obligation of any individual may not be directly to the FreeBSD project
> the result is effectively just that.
> Not to mention the moral obligation that developers accept to debug and
> the code that they give to the project. Sure, no one can demand that a
> drop everything and /fix/ /this/ /now/ but most developers, most of the
> will respond extremely quickly to well-formed bug reports concerning their
> of interest.
> The difference is the degree and nature of the motivation to work on
> related things. Ideally developers are self-motivated. They do it because
> they want to, not because they have to or because they won't get paid if
> don't[+]. It's not an entirely black and white distinction -- after all,
> employees aren't slaves. If they really can't stand being nice to the
> customers, they always have the option of seeking alternative employment.
There being no more need to add anything, with that simple and clear
clarification from Dr. Matthew, let us all bow and say Amen! to this thread.
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