[linux-dvb] patch collection for Kernel 2.6.16-rc1

Sid Boyce sboyce at blueyonder.co.uk
Fri Feb 3 23:36:37 CET 2006


Uwe Bugla wrote:
> Hi everybody,
> it seems to me that a couple of wrong information / misunderstandings must
> be cleared right here:
> 
> 1. at Johannes Stezenbach:
> "Actually I do the work that I get paid for. Unfortunately, linuxtv.org /
> linux-dvb stuff is not part of it. 
>  Johannes"
> 
> Very interesting, if not astonishing in deed!
I have been asked by colleagues many times why anyone would want to do 
such work for no pay. In addition to SuSE which I bought on CD/DVD, I 
run gentoo and much the same apps at a cost of zero DM/£/$. The reasons 
are legendary and not in the least astonishing - there are many articles 
on the why, published all over the internet.

> The MAINTAINERS file of the latest kernel says under "DVB SUBSYSTEM AND
> DRIVERS" that the status is: SUPPORTED.
> And "SUPPORTED" means: Someone is actually paid to look after this.
>
"SUPPORTED" means it works, not staffed by helpdesks. "MAINTAINED" means 
it's actively being maintained and developed. Nowhere is the word salary 
or pay mentioned, though developers are sometimes funded for their work 
or their employers pay them to do it.
You are not alone, many people don't understand OpenSource, that 
includes significant sections of the software industry, the few, like 
IBM caught the clue-train early and got on board, while Sun keeps 
blowing hot and cold, whereas Microsoft is clued-in, but just throws 
rocks and insults.
Regards
Sid.
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