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Re: What a modern collaboration toolkit looks like

From: Eric S. Raymond
Subject: Re: What a modern collaboration toolkit looks like
Date: Mon, 31 Dec 2007 08:07:12 -0500
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.15+20070412 (2007-04-11)

Eli Zaretskii <address@hidden>:
> > This is a typical modern open-source project.  It's not even a
> > particularly large one -- no more than a dozen core devs, 58
> > developers total.
> A striking difference with Emacs.  We never had such a large group of
> active developers.

Really?  How interesting.  Makes me proportionately more important to
Emacs than I thought I was. :-)

The old-timers on this list should be asking themselves why, when Emacs
is so undeniably important, it can't attract as many developers as a
mere fantasy game.

One of the ways the hacker community has changed as it has grown is that
project populations are rather larger on average than they used to be.
I see this as a direct effect of sites like SourceForge, Berlios,
Gna!, Savannah, etc. which make it easier to coordinare larger dev groups.

The Emacs project, though, is still operating at a scale and tempo I
think of as being typical of the late 1980s and early 1990s.  I think
we are limited by poor tools, and by habits of thought derived from
those poor tools.

I'd like to help that change.
                <a href="http://www.catb.org/~esr/";>Eric S. Raymond</a>

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