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Re: Sponsoring features (Bundles)

From: <kfogel_at_collab.net>
Date: 2005-12-03 01:05:34 CET

Calahan Josh A Ctr AEDC/ATA <Joshua.Calahan@arnold.af.mil> writes:
> See http://producingoss.com/html-chunk/contracting.html for an excellent
> discussion on this.
>
> Josh

Heh, thanks for the link Josh :-).

And specifically for Mr. Andersen's question, regarding the Subversion
community: we have had contracted bugfixes before. I don't know if we
have had any contracted features (the contractor might not tell us
that he's being paid), but any committer or developer is free to

   0. write a feature spec with you
   1. convince the developer community that the feature is worthwhile
   2. design the feature, publicly, with the community
   3. write a patch to implement it

Whether the developer is paid for that work is a separate issue, and
is not actually of much concern to the community.

Just make sure that your contract doesn't promise community acceptance
of the feature before the public discussions have taken place. That
would be a bad sign, a sign that the developer doesn't understand how
things work in open source :-).

A good practice is to write separate contracts for the separate
stages, that is: one contract to spec out the feature with you,
another one to engage with the community in arguing for the feature,
another one for the design stage, and another one for the
implementation stage. If any of the stages fails (say, because of
community resistance), at least you have the choice to not do the
remaining steps. Although you could complete the feature as a private
patch, if you want. (I don't recommend that, because then you have to
carry the patch through future upgrades.)

Best,
-Karl

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Kjell Harald Andersen [mailto:k.h.andersen@chipcon.com] 
> Sent: Friday, December 02, 2005 9:34 AM
> To: Martin Eisenhardt; users@subversion.tigris.org
> Subject: Sponsoring features (Bundles)
> 
> Does anyone know if it is possible to "sponsor" a feature to get a
> faster implementation.
>  
> Kjell
> 
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Martin Eisenhardt 
> > [mailto:martin.eisenhardt@wiai.uni-bamberg.de] 
> > Sent: 2. desember 2005 15:47
> > To: users@subversion.tigris.org
> > Subject: Re: Bundles?
> > 
> > Hello,
> > 
> > I remember that some days/weeks ago, one of the Subversion 
> > developers said here on the list that they do not use the 
> > votes for anything. So, you might want to vote and have a 
> > good feeling about it, but it won't change much.
> > 
> > Unfortunately, I do not have the message here, so either you 
> > rely on my memory or go search the message :-D
> > 
> > Kind regards
> > Martin
> 
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