how to contribute to open source projects

Rui Miguel Silva Seabra rms at
Tue Apr 13 13:09:26 CEST 2010

You don't have to let anyone in, that's your power :)

But you're creating artificial barriers to participation (no public
read-only SCM -- at the very least -- so people can work on their
patches and adapt to changes in main trunk until they get their patches
just right, keeping "aces up your sleeve", etc...)

You say you do that because of forks, but that behaviour's precisely
what incentivates forks :)


Em 12-04-2010 22:55, Marcus Bauer escreveu:
> Hello Rui,
> you certainly know that I value your opinion a lot. 
> Just the other day there was a storm going on about a remark of Scott
> James Remnant from Ubuntu who is an outstanding developer, very much
> committed to advancing Ubuntu. People who have never done any
> contribution flooded the bugzilla and flamed him.
> Foul behaviour needs to be sanctioned, otherwise it ruins the whole
> basket of apples. User experience is key. 
> Actually I have received several supportive emails today from people
> that have similar amounts (or more) of Google hits in connection with
> Openmoko than I do have. As wrong as it is to go for weeks to argue
> with these people it is to let it go through without response.
> There were at least three other projects in the last four years with a
> similar scope than tangoGPS. Where were the people complaining about
> not being able to participate in the development of tangoGPS when those
> projects were open for participation, where are their contributions? 
> Foul play needs to be clearly identified and pointed out. I rather
> doubt that those people have got plenty of invitations today to join
> other projects but I'd be happy if that would be the case.
> I don't know what your current main project is, but feel free to invite
> them. Let me know in 4 years if they are still actively contributing
> and I'll cover myself in ashes :-)
> Have fun with them and please take them away from me and thousands
> of happy tangoGPS users and integrate them in your projets :p
> Marcus
> On Mon, 12 Apr 2010 21:17:30 +0100
> Rui Miguel Silva Seabra <rms at> wrote:
>> Hi Marcus,
>> Reading your comments, I'd say you're quickly running several steps of
>> "How to destroy your community" -
>> I won't go into the details of listing which is which, and please note
>> that my felling on that is *PURELY* based upon your emails and not on
>> what others claim or feel or actually passed through.
>> Rui
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