"A buzzword that has no agreed upon meaning"
Posted Oct 19, 2010 13:53 UTC (Tue) by pboddie
In reply to: "A buzzword that has no agreed upon meaning"
Parent article: Kuhn: Canonical, Ltd. Finally On Record: Seeking Open Core
If a vague unknown new term "has no agreed upon meaning", why is it being used hereand for sensational ends? When a third-party undertakes such activities, the libre/open community quietly counter by pointing out this tactic is known as "FUD".
Only if they run out of other arguments first. See also "ad hominem".
In any case, the article raises some interesting points which do not appear to be adequately addressed by a response whose final paragraph contains emphasised keywords and phrases, potentially to enliven prose which resembles something from a human resources handbook. It may be typical in the more micromanaged sections of the Ubuntu community to berate a critic for their impertinence, where dissent and criticism can be blunted or suppressed in the shadow of the ever-present "Code of Conduct", but there's definitely nothing inappropriate in applying scrutiny to the activities of a commercial entity that may serve as one of the first points of contact for anyone starting out in the realm of Free Software development, seeking guidance about what is normal or typical around collaborating with others on such a basis.
Meanwhile, we are left with some legitimate questions:
- Why do people need to sign over copyright when even "permissive" projects like Python are happy with licence-based contributions? (This is quite a normal approach, as I understand it.)
- Doesn't the lack of credibility of other organisations (such as Sun) in building viable external communities raise any concern in an organisation seeking to copy such efforts, or is the idea to downplay the efforts of external contributors?
I've witnessed quite a few discussions about community-building and recognising/rewarding contributors, so I'm intrigued about the thinking going on behind the scenes. Maybe I should have read Jono Bacon's book...
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