I'm on the mailing lists for
because I own a Sharp Zaurus 5600 and at some point I'll have some
time to play with it enough to get it to the point where it helps
me in my daily life. I haven't had any time to devote to it in the
last four months though, which is unfortunate.
Anyhow, someone on the openzaurus-users mailing list complained that
there's no support for the 5600 to which Michael (one of the three
and a half people who worked on OZ) responded, expressing a lot of
frustration, then said this (and I'm quoting him slightly out of
And just to prevent misunderstandings, I don't want to be thanked for
all the work... I don't want anything at all except participation. I
want to work in a team bringing the community forward - I want people to
realize, they're not helping _us_ to produce a great handheld operating
system, they're helping _themselves_ and by doing that, helping each
other. After all, this is what I thought was open source.
On all of the projects that I've been a part of or led, that's exactly
what I hoped and prayed would happen. I have a couple of projects right
now where there are people interested, but nothing is happening because
I'm not driving it . Those projects will die because I'm just one man--I
can't drive all projects I'm involved in unless I quit my job (which is the
only income stream I have).
I'm not sure that's what open source is. But I wish more community
sprung around open source projects. My experience has been that people
just want the features they want. They're demand-oriented consumers and
it boggles their minds that I haven't coded up their favorite feature.
It's so ego-centric. There's a big world out there! 6.5 billion
different lists of favorite features!