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From: Brandon J. Van Every <vanevery@i...>
Subject: RE: [Caml-list] Re: How can I lend developers to the Caml team?
futureworlds wrote:
> > Some parts of the core OCaml distribution could
> > use outside help ....  But the compilers and core
> > runtime system don't need additional manpower,
> > in my opinion.
> > - Xavier Leroy
> Xavier as a commercial guy I could not disagree more
> strongly.  OCaml desperately needs more "core" developers.
> [...]
> If someone offers you a free car, don't turn them down
> because you wanted a free motorbike.

Aren't you forgetting that INRIA's goals aren't your goals?  I think it
would be best if we can figure out how to make "more commercial, more
pragmatic" contributions without invading INRIA's turf.  If we are more
considerate of what INRIA wants, if we can work with their concerns, we
might find them willing to declare "ok, let this be your area" on things
they aren't thinking too hard about right now.

> In fact it's very surprising that no third-party core
> developers have joined to date, after all these years.
> It's about time.  Look at how many folks work on Python
> core for example.  All overseen by benevolent Guido.
> And the Linux kernel has dozens, all overseen by Linus.
> It works.

Whereas my personal experience with Guido is he's damn inflexible when
he's made up his mind about something.  I don't have any experience with
him on the technology front, but for marketing, it was a debacle.  INRIA
is not Guido or Linus, it is not orchestration around a single
individual.  So consider yourself potentially thankful to be working
with an institution rather than a strong-willed individual.

Brandon Van Every               Seattle, WA

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