Didier Verna <didier(a)xemacs.org> writes:
David Kastrup <dak(a)gnu.org> wrote:
Point is, I already have one bad experience in this matter: I
completely rewrote rect.el back 1999, for both GNU Emacs and XEmacs
(BTW, I'm still listed as the official maintainer for this
library). They agreed to incorporate my version and some time after
that, I discovered numerous changes which they did not bother to
report back to me. I'm not upset anymore ;-), but I really don't
feel like speding time and energy on anything new in these lines
unless I have some control on things.
Putting yourself in as the maintainer at the top of the file
considerably helps usually.
But you won't have "control" in any manner: that is pretty much the
point of the copyright assignment: passing the control.
I don't think that it is a good idea to suggest in a multiperson free
software project that every contributor retains individual control.
While there are projects (like the Linux kernel) where this is
factually the case, having every contributor able to throw a monkey
wrench into further development is calling for trouble in the long
run. Alienation _does_ happen in personal and professional
Anyway, since 1/ now is not the time for them, and 2/ we're
diverging already, I'll probably apply my changes in the XEmacs
package (and let people play with it), and defer the "sync decision"
to some time later...
Hopefully not forever. But then that's the same worry I have about
> (the release should be any year now:
I see :-)
I hope I'll be able to see it, too.
David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum
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