FreeRunner delayed a further 6 months?!?!??

David "Lefty" Schlesinger lefty at
Wed Mar 19 01:28:13 CET 2008

Lally Singh wrote:
> When someone says "this should get fixed" the *last* response to give
> is "fix it yourself."

Clearly the words of someone who's never attempted to complain about the 
lack of a driver for their special hardware on the Linux kernel mailing 
list. "Fix it yourself" is actually a pretty common response in open 
source projects when the "fix" that's being demanded is a relatively low 
priority in the grand scheme of things.

Fact is, there's never a shortage of things needing to be done, and the 
folks who are being paid to work on OpenMoko no doubt have a long, long 
list of things that they need to fix already. So your options amount to 
"fix it yourself", "do without" or "wait". That's the reality of open 
source projects, particularly those at an early stage, as OpenMoko is: 
if you're convinced that what you need is a high priority, then the 
expectation is that you'll "put your money where your mouth is" and 
start contributing.

(Of course, if you'd prefer, you could go to a platform like the iPhone, 
so when you demand that you need to have, say, cut and paste 
capabilities, the response will effectively be, "Tough" or "No, you don't.")

I'd be interested in hearing about the open source projects you're 
familiar with, particularly those where the response is "How high?" when 
the demand is "Jump!"

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