Releasing the code/priorities
Posted May 27, 2004 19:32 UTC (Thu) by utoddl
In reply to: Releasing the code
Parent article: Movable type and "almost free" software
As a sort of self appointed needler about opening the LWN code base (at least I think I've dredged it up more than any other subscriber), I feel I really must step in at this point and state up front that I totally agree with you. Releasing any body of code has an enormous up-front cost in time and energy. I'm incredibly impressed with the amount of work you manage to get done -- the content, coverage, keeping the site up, etc. It's a fair question, whether the benefits you would receive from the occasional code snippet from us (who are so lazy after all that we've resorted to paying for web content already) would ever justify the effort and time it would take you to open the code as a proper project. My guess is that it might. Eventually. But it probably wouldn't feel like it for a while.
Anyway, I hope my occasional needling about opening your code base is taken in the spirit intended. Specifically, I appreciate your efforts and welcome the oppotunity to support them, whether financially in a small way, by word of mouth, or someday perhaps with some code. OTOH, lwn.net works as is, so perhaps contributed code is not really necessary for lwn's well-being right now. Continued production of quality content is, so that's a reasonable priority. Keep up the good work.
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