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Re: [META] "free" software

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2004-07-07 15:09:18 CEST

"Simon McClenahan" <smcclenahan@healthcompartners.com> writes:
> Maybe you should think about it in terms of the spirit of free
> software. If you don't have time to report the bug, why should you
> expect someone else to? Make a contribution to the evolution of this
> project and as a user and hence supporter of free software, do your
> duty and follow up on the necessary actions. And it probably is
> easier to do than you initially think, especially with the free
> support you will get from like-minded individuals who are more
> active than you or I.

Simon, I think maybe you misunderstood the tone of Tim's response.

Although it's terse, it's quite amiable and merely states the facts.
He says the enhancement is important enough to be worth describing (in
the hopes that others will implement it), but it's not important
enough to devote design/discussion/implementation time himself.

There's nothing wrong with this. Doing a cost/benefit analysis is not
against the spirit of free software. Tim has no "duty" to follow up
further. Of course, he also has no right to complain, but clearly he
understands that -- he's not complaining, he's merely letting us know,
without rancor, that he intends to take no further action.

There's nothing to criticise Tim for here.

-Karl

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Tim Alsop [mailto:Tim.Alsop@CyberSafe.Ltd.UK]
> Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 5:17 PM
> To: Ben Collins-Sussman
> Cc: Sven Mueller; users@subversion.tigris.org
> Subject: RE: question about unix file permissions
>
>
> Ben,
>
> I am afraid that I don't have the time or desire to register on a new
> discussion list and engage in discussions with developers to convince
> them that this change is needed. I just wanted to pass on a comment to
> help improve this product and then leave the decision to implement, or
> not to somebody else.
>
> So, I don't intend to take any further action on this, but this doesn't
> mean I don't think it is a good idea.
>
> Regards, Tim.
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Ben Collins-Sussman [mailto:sussman@collab.net]
> Sent: 06 July 2004 13:35
> To: Tim Alsop
> Cc: Sven Mueller; users@subversion.tigris.org
> Subject: RE: question about unix file permissions
>
> On Tue, 2004-07-06 at 01:55, Tim Alsop wrote:
> > I agree, so what process do we need to use so that this
> bug/enhancement
> > is taken care of ?
>
> Come to the dev@ list and try to get a consensus among developers. If
> you can persuade, the task will be filed in the issuetracker. :-)
>
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