27 Nov 2007 audriusa   » (Journeyer)

... this is to ask a few minutes of your time to help my research group...

Today I haver received one more questionnaire related to the "FOSS research". It is already a second one this month, and as much as I remember already a fifth I have completed. Some wave of "fundamental scientific analysis" on FOSS seems spreading around the world. Why are you programming this? Are the companies involved? Do you feel the owner of your project under GPL? Would you program if you know it would be illegal? How the important development decisions are made inside your project?

Somewhat it was considerably less attention even a year ago. While FOSS developers likely have never be treated as a bunch of hackers about that there is "nothing interesting to know", it seems an achievement that more people accept FOSS development as a kind of process which needs detailed study and understanding. Something similar to the mountain formation.

Hope they will not fish out any weak places in our movement with these surveys. If they potentially could, it is likely time to think about the shared policies how to answer...

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