Stuff Michael Meeks is doing
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"In fact these non functional changes are not a way to get people acquainted with the code - that is something that require time and dedication - but maybe a way to make more complex integrating upstream contributions."Interesting the certainty (from a non-developer) that doing small changes is not a way to get acquainted with the code (though in fact this is an excellent way to even learn to program: by reading first. I recall learning the syntax, and love of BBC BASIC by typing in games from magazines). The speculation of some malign intention behind trying to get more people involved which is (maybe) to make our lives more difficult in future is an odd thought indeed; why would we want to make merging changes from Oracle more difficult than necessary ? As for the sensitivity of "cutting bridges with up-stream" - from the LibreOffice side, there has always been an open invitation to Oracle to join, and the bridge chain-sawing seems to be in full swing on the other side. As for the idea that LibreOffice programming changes must be discussed and agreed (with a non-technical audience) before implementation - I'm not convinced that that is a winning strategy for attracting independent contributors to balance Oracle, Novell, RedHat etc. so we get a truly diverse and vendor neutral project. Indeed - the very idea that people who did not contribute to the code, should be controlling its ultimate ownership and licensing is fairly offensive to most developers. Having said all that Roberto makes some good points about the social dynamics; It is my hope that we would have a governance represented by a Community of Practise - ie. a meritocracy of those developing, marketing, and actively working to improve the product and project. With regard to code hackers being "a de-facto minority" - I believe we can change that, and we've made a great start thus far, if only by providing easy tasks (I dispute that these have 'very little value') so people can build confidence in having their work accepted. I completely disagree on his copyright assignment point, and I too talk to very many corporate employees at different levels; let us see who is right in the end.
It appears certain that my prior prejudice about those involved in counselling others: that they are almost uniformly emotional and relational basket-cases, is perhaps simply a reflection of their greater ability to face and talk about their failings, rather than any incipient problem in those drawn to this fieldStill developing that thesis, lets see how the marker takes it.
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