[Foundation] membership, money, and meritocracy

Julian Missig julian at jabber.org
Wed Apr 2 03:24:03 CST 2003


On Wednesday, Apr 2, 2003, at 03:54 US/Eastern, Richard Dobson wrote:
> 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.

As for protocol developers, I'm sure that JEP authoring could count as 
being part of the community.

As for being Linux C biased... I have no idea where you got that. Could 
you please explain how stpeter's suggestions are biased against 
non-Linux developers?

Gabber/Gabber2 are C++ on Linux, and for a while there was talk of 
writing a new open source Jabber server in C++, but that sort of 
devolved into jabberd2 a bit ;) -- my point is that the community 
doesn't really have some sort of bias against anything that's not C, 
it's just that C is the most common language for *nix systems and 
jabberd is targeted primarily at *nix systems.

Just because jabberd is a *nix C server doesn't mean it's the only open 
source server.. and contributing to jabberd is most definitely not the 
only way to contribute to Jabber.

Anyway, all this is kind of far removed from what stpeter was 
suggesting.

Julian




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