[mythtv] Re: Re: Re:Shutdown option on main menu patch...

Cedar McKay cedarmckay at mac.com
Sat Sep 20 12:46:32 EDT 2003

The idea of a democratically run project might make sense when there 
are a number of contributors of roughly equal importance. However, in 
this case the bulk of the code is Isaac's and he remains the most 
active contributor. He
1)started the project
2)is responsible for the bulk of the code
3)still remains the biggest active contributor
4)provides the infrastructure (cvs, webpage, etc)

In light of the above I think it is not reasonable to expect Isaac to 
hand over control to  people, a few of whom  have contributed, but most 
of which have simply submitted feature requests and bug reports if that.

Big projects with many contributers, perhaps with some grants and 
corporate backing (I'm thinking of Mozilla and Open Office) may be 
somewhat "customer driven" sort of like a regular software company, but 
myth is a completely different animal.  What you have here is one 
person who has an itch. And he scratches, with the help of a very few 
others. If someone has a different itch, one that includes running a 
democratically run fork of Myth, I suppose that the are welcome to it. 
The point I'm making is that open source is whatever you make it. It 
isn't doing it the "kernel way" or "how mozilla does it" or anything 
other than, "the way the people doing it want to do it". Isaac wants to 
do this. Some other people want to help. Isaac doesn't want to run it 
as a democracy. End of story.


On Saturday, September 20, 2003, at 08:20  AM, Trey Ethridge wrote:

> I think that it being in the mainmenu.xml file commented out is a good 
> compromise.  That way the user can see it and add it easily if they 
> want it.
> One last thing though.  This is definitely Isaac's original concept, 
> but now it's an open source project.  With that comes differing 
> opinions and wishes.  I think that since this project contains more 
> than one person's code, that more than one person should have say in 
> the direction that the project goes.  The popular opinion should be 
> given a fair chance.  The kernel works that way.  When a command 
> decision needs to be made, Linus can make it, otherwise they (the 
> other developers) get to voice their opinions and usually the majority 
> rules.  If this project is only going to be ran by one person, then 
> I'm sure someone will branch the code.  I'm not saying I will, just 
> that it's probable and I don't think that is a good thing.  I'm not 
> trying to disrespect you Isaac, I just would prefer letting users vote 
> on issues like these.  I'll get off my soap box now.  :)
> -- tale
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