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summer of code – fall of maintenance

It’s great to have students around, to boost your project. They’re fresh, they’ve got new ideas, they want to change the world. But that doesn’t imply they will stick after the project and maintain their code. Open source passion is not equally distributed and it comes in two flavours : passion for consuming open source and passion for consuming, building upon it and producing it.

What’s great about the ‘summer of code’ is that it links, under the auspices of a prestigious flag, young developers and open source communities.

In the end, most of the students will get back to their normal cursus and leave open source development to the real passionates among them (who probably are already working within some open source community).
Some [summer] code will remain and someone will have to maintain it.

Written by John Mettraux

May 16, 2006 at 5:12 am

Posted in blahblah, coding, oss

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