Posted by leouser
on August 15, 2006 at 8:45 AM PDT
Im always curious as to why folks contribute source to projects. There is the JDK Collaboration effort already in existence but now that Java is moving to different liscensing, how will this change affect why and why not you contribute.
I generally classify(maybe wrongly) the people who currently contribute as developers who like to work with the souce regardless of the license.
So what about the rest of crew?
Ive seen a couple of 'types' in regards to this issue:
1. Developers who won't contribute unless the license is an Open Source license or maybe even a particular license.
2. Developers who don't contribute because they don't know about the current way to contribute.
Im not sure how the change will effect the first group. For some the change will be "good enough". Others, don't know.
The second group, well I think the change will be good. Generally when I hear the term "Open Source" I think that its a project where people can contribute. So in this sense, just making Java Open Source will function as a form of permanent advertisement. People may actively search out how to contribute instead of finding out about it and then contributing.
Where do you fit in this scheme? Are you one of the 2 "types"? Or are you something entirely different, maybe unique even?