Well, it's nearly 3.30..my time to leave for an interesting
meeting. :) Actually, the meeting is tommorow, and if
everything goes like I think it will...ahh..life will be
I'd love to comment on the whole trust-metric issue, more
specifically on reactions of people on advogato
when "Jabber people" started ranking among themselves. I
should prolly refrain though. Aww..what the heck. The power
of the Open-Source movement lies in the complete freedom of
expression. Inversely, the weakest point in the OS movement
is the lack of responsibility when it comes to exercising
this freedom/right. It should be fairly obvious that with
rights come responsibility.
Most people (hopefully) get an introduction to this simple
relationship when they get their driver's license. If you
have the license, you may drive. If you drive, you must
respect the other drivers on the road by complying with
generally accepted standards of behaviour. If you
don't, you forfeit the right to drive. It's as
simple as that.
I believe these same concepts of rights/responsibilites
should apply to activities within the OS community --
especially when it comes to commenting/flaming on
other projects. It's absolutely ridiculous that we (the OS
community) have attained a reputation for being quick to
judge and slow to consider the implications of some piece
of software/hardware, be it propietary or OS. We should
measure more carefully the power we have to encourage or
discourage the development of a project before we dole it
out so generously.
In the final analysis of the whole concept of two
developers certifying each other Master, I wonder how much
the people who made rash judgements about our project
really trust the whole advogato trust system.
That's it for me. There's more where that came from. I'm
off to Denver.