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Re: Future Perl development

David Nicol
February 5, 2007 11:28
Re: Future Perl development
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> On Mon, Feb 05, 2007 at 10:38:58AM -0800, chromatic wrote:

> > I welcome suggestions on how to tell volunteers who've already put tremendous
> > time and effort into Perl 6 or Pugs or Parrot to:
> >
> > 1) work harder
> > 2) give up their day jobs which provide for their families (or in my case, my
> > cats)
> > 3) do something they don't enjoy (PR) instead of development, or
> > documentation, or testing, or design

My answer is to recast the perl 6 project as a
commercial enterprise that produces something in an economic sense, and
becomes self-supporting and able to hire all the volunteers.  That something
might continue to be for-sale documentation of itself; it might be a commercial
perl compiler; it doesn't matter what the something is.  Fun for the developers
is not a commercial enterprise.

On 2/5/07, Nicholas Clark <> wrote:
> Time is clearly at a premium. Would money help? Is the scale of what's needed
> something TPF could fund? Would it help make icky jobs less icky?

Begging the TPF to allocate some of the funds which it in turn begs for is
not a self-supporting commercial enterprise with a multimilliondollar annual

> The question is equally relevant to all things Perl, although I'm off topic
> as advocacy@ isn't this list.
> Nicholas Clark

The proposed methodology ("go commercial") is equally relevant to any
open-source community project.  And as equally unworkable -- or is it?
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