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jrhett at netconsonance.com
Wed Sep 17 21:57:59 UTC 2008
On Sep 16, 2008, at 12:38 AM, Matthew Seaman wrote:
> On 'long term support of release branches' -- a volunteer project is
> going to struggle to provide this without some form of income to
> support the
> necessary hardware and personnel resources needed. Or in other
> words, if
> FreeBSD users want the same sort of support structure as they can
> get from a
> commercial vendor, it's going to take a commercial vendor to supply
> FreeBSD Corporation anyone?
I disagree. The entire advantage of open source is the advantage
provided by shared interest in a working product. Each party can put
in a little and the product is improved for everyone.
If we remove the factors that hamstring companies from providing more
resources to assist, then you can get more resources working on the
problem - to everyone's benefit.
I'm not kidding when I say that nearly everyone I know who uses
FreeBSD in their company spends a lot of time managing their internal
distribution. (And every reply to this topic on this mailing list has
echoed the exact same statement.)
None of the ones I know personally have any interest in doing this,
and would be happier focusing their effort on the mainstream release.
A bunch of us made proposals to our $EMPLOYERs to make this happen,
but there was no apparent interest from the release team so the effort
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