Looking a Novell gift horse in the mouth
Posted Feb 9, 2006 18:04 UTC (Thu) by pimlott
In reply to: Looking a Novell gift horse in the mouth
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since [Novell] gave the code away, Gnome can take its time to review and integrate at their pace.
This is harder than you make it sound. Incorporating a piece of independently developed code, so that you can understand and maintain it, while retaining a coherent design, is a significant project. Especially as the original developers may not have much incentive to help--they've already shipped, and probably gone on to the next project. So a code drop puts the GNOME developers into a difficult position: Either accept the code as is, creating a less maintainable code-base; go through the painful process of incorporating it gradually; or reject valuable funtionality. If the code were developed in the open, they wouldn't be pushed into this corner.
I don't think that Jeff's comments were hyperbole. This is how fragmentation happens.
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