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Re: (Off Topic ) Open Source: The Model Is Broken ??



On Saturday 06 December 2008, Tom Horsley wrote:
>> > "Open-source code is generally great code, not requiring much support."
>> >
>> > What universe does Stuart Cohen live in?
>>
>> So, what is your view?   Generally crappy code in need of constant
>> support?
>
>Uh, oh. You didn't want to get me started on this... :-)
>
>Well, seeing as how in this new F10 release alone we have the DNS
>resolver library code broken for lots of people, the NetworkManager
>being used to replace network even though it screams "not ready for
>prime-time and not backward compatible" and GDM completely
>rewritten, leaving out vast chunks of functionality, I wouldn't
>exactly call it "not requiring much support".
>
>But my biggest issue with the open source model is the utter lack of
>any documentation for anything. And if, God Forbid, something
>should, over time, become well documented through mechanisms like
>google searches and wiki pages, and "dummies" books, that seems to
>be some kind of catalyst for the developers, triggering a frantic
>need to utterly rewrite something that was perfectly OK, just to
>make sure it retains its traditional level of obfuscation :-).
>
>Even worse, the lack of documentation forms a kind of positive
>feedback loop, increasing the feeling that things need to be
>rewritten, not because they really need it, but because it is
>easier to rewrite than to understand how to modify the existing
>code.

+10000 Tom, a bullseye

-- 
Cheers, Gene
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