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Jo Rhett 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  
> always
> 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  
> it.
> 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  
was abandoned.

Jo Rhett
Net Consonance : consonant endings by net philanthropy, open source  
and other randomness

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