ProtoCiv: porting Freeciv to Python CANNED

W. Citoan wcitoan at
Thu Jan 15 00:44:43 CET 2004

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On Wed, 14 Jan 2004 14:16:02 +0000 (UTC), Bent C Dalager wrote:
>  It is, never the less, worth pointing out. It would seem that Brandon
>  entered the scene with an idea that OSS developers might be incredibly
>  useful to him for some reason or other. Other game developers might
>  very well have the same idea. When Brandon finds out that this is not
>  the case and describes in some detail why OSS won't do the job for
>  him, than this can certainly be useful for other game developers to
>  learn so that don't have to spend 6 months figuring out the exact same
>  thing themselves.
>  The conclusion may seem obvious to _you_ but this is no guarantee that
>  everyone else also possesses this knowledge. OSS is being hailed as
>  the second coming, and it comes as no surprise therefore that some
>  people might be deluded into thinking they could harness this power to
>  cure cancer overnight or land a man on Mars by 2005.

OSS developers != OSS

While "OSS is being hailed as the second coming", nobody is claiming
that people you aren't paying are going to do what you want, when you
want, and how you want.  That was Brandon's complaint.

People develop OSS for their own reasons (personal or corporate).  They
don't do it to provide free labor for the asking.  Anyone who doesn't
see that as obvious is severely lacking in common sense.

- W. Citoan
A bore is someone who persists in holding his own views after we have
enlightened him with ours.

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