> There are - and no matter how advanced BlueQuartz gets -
> always will be
> *special* needs of clients and users that are not (yet)
> covered by BlueQuartz itself. Which leaves enough room for
> commercial extensions or third party software. Or there are
> those that need professional help with BlueQuartz beyond the
> help that the user base or the mailing list provides. Those
> special needs will eventually get filled by one third party
> or another, but nobody will be forced to take that route. At
> the same time: Don't forget there are also companies that
> will not consider using software (open source or otherwise)
> if there is nobody around that can and will provide
> commercial help *if* and *when* they need it.
> > With BQ that never happened, so we now have different people doing
> > different things. Once again, I am not putting the finger
> nor blaming anyone.
> The problem with BlueQuartz is not that it lacks commercial
> background. There are enough very sucessful open source
> projects without large companies behind them. But the main
> problem that BlueQuartz has is indeed that there are too many
> people doing different things, because there is a lack of
> general organization and direction.
> Why is that the case? Well, as I expressed in private on the
> developer list:
> A TEAM of developers usually speaks among eachothers to
> determine a roadmap, to find out what needs to be done and
> splits up the work so that those most suiteable for a certain
> task (and who are willing to code and contribute
> things) work on certain aspects of it. If someone gets stuck
> or with his task or runs out of time to make contributions,
> others can look it over and pick things up. Once something is
> finished, the code is then reviewed and if deemed acceptable
> and tests out just fine it'll be commited to the official
> branch. Final decision lies of course with the chosen project
> leader and that's usually also the one that should then roll
> up the code and publish the updates for general usage.
> This is how it ideally should be. BlueQuartz however is and
> always was far from that. And THAT has always been hurting.
Agree even more.