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Oliver Jones oliver@d...
Mon Apr 4 22:41:16 NZST 2005

I'm not that surprised.  I would imagine a lot of Linux "users" are
developers to some degree.  Even if it is only shell/perl scripts to
help themselves.  Linux is an OS by and for its users.  It didn't spring
out of thin air.  It requires people to constantly add to and refine it.

It is a fundamental aspect of Open Source/Free Software that all users
have access to the source code of the software they use.  It only
requires a little determination and learning for a passive "user" to
become a proactive "developer". 


On Mon, 2005-04-04 at 21:42 +1200, Glenn Ramsey wrote:
> Mark Grimshaw wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > Just curious.  Among all the emails about _using_ OSS, how many 
> > people here _produce_ OSS?
> I'm surprised that a fairly large number number of the regular posters 
> are developers rather than users, perhaps wldg would be a better name ;-).
> To add the list I wrote the epson stylus color 300 driver in Ghostscript 
> and co-wrote the microtek scanmaker 3600 driver in SANE, which due to 
> lack of hardware documentation is a big and ugly hack that I'm not proud 
> of. I also contribute the odd bug report and patch to various projects.

                   Oliver Jones » Roving Code Warrior
   oliver@d... » +64 (21) 41 2238 » 

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