Not funny anymore
- Feb 6, 2008
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Agreed closed source is an issue.
At least for frameworks and middleware. There it should be mandatory, unless it is YOUR own framework or YOUR own middleware. I could know what is inside the XR-series, but don't really care as long as it works.
BUT most of not all the work is volunteer. By open source I think you mean the code is included, right
Not to get this wrong. It is not about being unthankful about the voluntary contribution to the community. I know the tone of the discussion goes easily in that direction, but its sure not meant to be that way.
It is just: Basing your own add-ons on the closed source work of somebody else was a risk and that risk now got invoked.
Also, open source is not the same as including the source code. Open source is also the permission to continue work with that source code, modify it and release it again. And thus, it is more than just the source code, but also a work ethic: You develop your add-on with the other and later developers in mind. You write more comments, document your work processes, explain decisions better than you would do for closed-source work. All to make sure, your work can go on with other people arriving and to make sure even decades later, people will know your intentions and vision and respect it.
The show must go on.