[Foundation] membership, money, and meritocracy

Richard Dobson richard at dobson-i.net
Wed Apr 2 02:54:08 CST 2003

> 5. All members must be actively affiliated with a company or an
> open-source project. If you like Jabber but don't contribute, we
> still love you but you can't be a member. If you once led a project
> but dropped out, you can't be a member. If your project is dead,
> you can't be a member. If you are a corporate member and your company
> goes out of business or fires you or whatever, you can't be a member
> (unless you meet the criteria in #4).
> As I said, this is controversial. I'm not wedded to everything I
> suggest above, but I *am* committed to making JSF membership an
> honor and a privilege. And I wouldn't mind raising a little money
> from corporate members of the Jabber community in the process.
> After we discuss this thoroughly, I will put together a more formal
> proposal (I hate to think what the Bylaws changes will look like).

What about protocol dev's?? Also this biases against a lot of people who
don't develop for linux, I would love to contribute to the server myself as
that's the area im interested in but I don't have the resources to run a
Linux machine to develop and test it, plus I don't like developing in C and
much prefer C++ but I think people would frown on starting a brand new
server project in C++.

Robert I haven't looked closely at the code but have you developed so that
it is portable? i.e. separated out all the OS dependant functions into
separate source files? If not then I suggest that this is something that is
very important to do, also I would be willing to work on win32 versions of
those files, the linux community is still a minority compared to windows and
if we can get the server running reliably on windows that will significantly
increase the potential user base.


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