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Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] Galileo Must-do's

Well said Thomas (in several emails).

I think you speak for a fair number of committers and project leads (at least)...particularly of the smaller projects and smaller companies as eloquently pointed out by Martin.

If these 'unfunded mandates' are affecting the smaller companies as much as it seems to be doing, consider the plight of [gasp] the projects not run (or supported) by any one company...and probably not as well-represented on the Board or the planning council.

I would urge the committer representatives to bring this issue up at the Board level, if/when appropriate.


Thomas Hallgren wrote:
I miss the good old days when Open Source communities were based on the contributions that they got, where the contributors were heroes, and the quality of the resulting product were the product of their goodwill and skill. I find that participating in the Eclipse release train nowadays involves efforts that are somewhat overwhelming and that I, instead of adding valid functionality to the areas where I contribute, am forced to implement requirements that brings much less benefit to the intended user base.

I think that when a central management stipulates this many requirements for individual projects, there's a high risk that all the fun is taken out of it. As a contributor, and even as a project manager, I loose control. I no longer decide what's important in my own domain. I no longer prioritize what to do with the time I spend on the projects. Someone else does. A lot of the motivation is thereby lost, replaced with a whip that forces me to comply with a strict set of rules. Was that the intention? I don't think so.

Don't get me wrong, I can see that there are benefits in having a common set of requirements. I just think it's a tad too much now.

Thomas Hallgren

Schaefer, Doug wrote:
It'll be interesting to see what happens when we get to the Release Review and find few of us actually did all the must dos. Unfortunately, the must do's didn't come with additional contributions and I can't seem to pull any out of my, uh, never mind. I see Doom ahead unless a Christmas miracle happens.


    *From:* cross-project-issues-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx
    [mailto:cross-project-issues-dev-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxx] *On Behalf
    Of *Anthony Hunter
    *Sent:* Thursday, November 13, 2008 10:20 PM
    *To:* Cross project issues
    *Subject:* Re: [cross-project-issues-dev] Galileo Must-do's

    Hi Team, with respect to the questioning of the capabilities as a
    "must do":

    and further comments should go on

    Anthony Hunter mailto:anthonyh@xxxxxxxxxx
    Software Development Manager: Eclipse Open Source Components
    IBM Rational Software: Aurora / GEF / GMF / Modeling Tools


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