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Date:      Sat, 15 May 1999 15:11:52 -0700
From:      David Greenman <>
To:        "David Schwartz" <>
Cc:        "Chuck Robey" <>, "Studded" <>, chat@FreeBSD.ORG
Subject:   Re: cvs commit: src/sys/pci pcisupport.c 
Message-ID:  <>
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Sat, 15 May 1999 14:38:08 PDT." <000001be9f1b$395c0d60$> 

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>> > As a matter of fact, yes we are. All of our coding work is volunteer.
>> Oh, yeah?  And do you force your developers to code what the
>> non-develoers want?  How do you force them?  Developers here do what
>> they want to do.
>	It's funny, you seem to think it's impossible to make volunteers do what
>the thing they're volunteering for wants them to do. The Red Cross has no
>problem doing it. It's not nearly as difficult as you might think.
>	You just have to manipulate the right carrots and the right sticks. It's
>really that simple. I've managed some pretty large volunteer projects. It's
>not easy, but it's not impossible either.

   Chuck is more right. While we do have some influence, people still work
on whatever they want. Things are a bit more difficult in a free software
project since the programming is often highly specialized. It's not the same
thing as being part of the envelop stuffing team at e.g. the Red Cross.


David Greenman
Co-founder/Principal Architect, The FreeBSD Project -
Creator of high-performance Internet servers -

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