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Re: [Gnu-arch-users] why is Tom so slow these days?

From: Robert Collins
Subject: Re: [Gnu-arch-users] why is Tom so slow these days?
Date: Sat, 08 Nov 2003 20:07:52 +1100

On Fri, 2003-11-07 at 11:05, Tom Lord wrote:

> I wonder two things:
>       ~ whether there are qualified people (more precisely, people
>           known to me to be qualified) interested in taking on that 
>           role, perhaps even making interim releases between my
>           periods of catching up

I'm happy to do such a thing (in a specific branch, not my personal
branch :}).

>       ~ if there are such, whether or not it is time to at least
>         begin exploring more interesting financial arrangements --
>           so that the busking of the arch project is for the project
>           rather than just me personally.  (I assure you: not only is 
>           it difficult to figure out how to implement this, but in
>         addition, it is about as far from a "get rich quick" scheme
>           as you could possibly imagine.   Assume, minimally, that it
>         will take a few months to even make an arrangement and set
>         up the infrastructure to implement it.)

I'll happily contribute a few hours a week to review and merge patchs
into a 'for-integration' branch. If such project-wide fiscal benefits
come my way, I'll happily accept, but they are not a prerequisite for my
offer of assistance.

> We've had one failed experiment along these lines already with the
> documentation (the co-maintainership thing, not the financial foo).
> It is, at the least, a _very_serious_commitment_ (more than you
> probably think at first) to join maintainership.  To quote admiral
> James T. Kirk "I take it the odds are against us and the situation's
> grim".  But I thought I'd at least remark on the possibility.

I'm well aware of the long term issues of maintainership. I currently
maintain a number of other projects and sub projects. Thus the
qualification of my time - a few (more than 2, less than 8) hours a week
can be sustained indefinately. Even more so if I'm one of a group of
lieutenants, not the lieutenant... again noa  requirement.


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