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From:
Nicholas Clark
Date:
September 19, 2011 14:34
Subject:
Re: Perl 5.16 and Beyond.
Message ID:
20110919213439.GA23881@plum.flirble.org
On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 07:33:44PM +0100, Tim Bunce wrote:

> The decision on how practical it is to support versioning for any given
> change must be in the hands of those who would implement and maintain
> the versioning.

Yes. He who pays the piper calls the tune. And as long as the piper in
question remains volunteer labour, then (effectively) as the volunteer
pays him or herself, it's their call.

It's always been like this, and as long as remains volunteer labour,
it's going to remain like this. Anyone can ask for anything, but if
no-one volunteers to do it*, it's not going to happen.

[And of course, the beauty of *open source* software is that it permits
any firm with a commercial need for a different policy to implement that
locally. Unlike closed source, where a vendor can turn you off, however
much you're prepared to pay the vendor. There's no lock in.]

Nicholas Clark

* Strictly, if no-one volunteers to cause it to happen.

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