[time-nuts] Releasing sources (was Re: Brooks Shera)

Bob Camp lists at rtty.us
Thu Mar 28 14:36:24 EDT 2013


Now consider that the "project" is 15 years old (not 2 to 3 years). My guess is that there still are an hour a day worth of emails coming in….
Add to that the "I'd like you to add this feature for me / redesign it to do this people" as the project gets older….

Yes I spent most of the 80's doing that stuff. The memories have almost dimmed enough …. 


On Mar 28, 2013, at 2:16 PM, NeonJohn <jgd at neon-john.com> wrote:

> On 03/25/2013 09:36 AM, Jim Lux wrote:
>> One reason is that if one DOES release source, one will wind up
>> supporting it, because generally, we all nice people and helpful, and
>> it's hard to tell someone no when they send an email asking how to get
>> it to compile on Version N+3 when you used version N, etc.  This can be
>> a real distraction from whatever else you are doing.
> Boy, you can say that again.  And open source hardware is even worse.  A
> couple of years ago I put up an open source induction heater on my site.
> Everything included - schematics, board layouts, CAD files, theory of
> operation, how to wind the transformer - in short, everything I could
> think of.  There's even a kit available from Fluxeon.com.
> Yet I probably spend an hour a day responding to emails about that
> project.  Approximately 100% of the questions are either answered on my
> site or by a little googling.  It's getting to be enough of a burden
> that I'm considering taking the page down.
> I'm a dedicated supporter of Open Source but this experience has
> tempered my enthusiasm a bit.
>> And then there's the folks who argue with you about your implementation
>> or coding style.
> Or electrical design style.  I think that the people who want to argue
> design, especially "what if I did this?" type arguments are more
> tiresome than the software know-it-alls.
> People need to really think and do their Google homework before hitting
> the email button on a project site.
> John
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