[OSM-talk] [talk-au] Fwd: Re: Why PD is not better for business

paul youlten paul.youlten at gmail.com
Fri Dec 11 15:46:24 GMT 2009


Oh, so you are talking about a fork in an open source project. Of
course I realised that you didn't really mean "death" but I thought
you might mean that Liz Dodds and Talk-au were going to cut my nodes
off. ;-)

I was under the impression that a certain amount of forking was
encouraged in open source development. Better to have two happy
projects with happy communities, each doing their own thing than one
miserable one where all we do is talk hyperbollocks about how we are
going to get ripped off and what a disaster it is going to be if data
has to be deleted.

PY


On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 3:25 PM, Peter Childs <pchilds at bcs.org> wrote:
> 2009/12/11 paul youlten <paul.youlten at gmail.com>:
>> Peter,
>>
>> That sounds bad. Can you give us some examples?
>>
>> PY
>>
>> On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 2:47 PM, Peter Childs <pchilds at bcs.org> wrote:
>>> 2009/12/11 paul youlten <paul.youlten at gmail.com>:
>>>> Dave,
>>>>
>>>> Clearly all those things, and much more, can and should be mapped.
>>>> They can all be seen on the street and they all have public access. I
>>>> agree: "If it's a physical entity then it can be mapped." ++
>>>>
>>>> What is less clear is what happens if changing the licence means we
>>>> lose "invisible" administrative boundaries and data from areas where
>>>> public access is difficult, restricted or non-existent.
>>>>
>>>> For example would be nice to include the boundaries of a UK National
>>>> Park or a site of special scientific interest or (dare I say it) the
>>>> coastline of Australia - but I don't think it is a "disaster" that
>>>> threatens the future of the project if these things are removed
>>>> because of a change in the licence.
>>>>
>>>> PY
>>>>
>>>
>>> From having seen it in quite a few Open Source projects, it would be a
>>> death sentence.
>>>
>
> Hmm Maybe these have not all died but the split did cause serious damage.
>
> X (You now have a choice of X.org and XFree86), The split caused a
> long halt in development and the original is hardly used now, only the
> branch....
>
> Joomla/Mambo
>
> I'm sure there are others
>
> Peter.
>
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