Cygwin participation threshold

Christopher Faylor
Wed Feb 24 00:08:00 GMT 1999

On Mon, Feb 22, 1999 at 11:30:59AM +0000, Carl Zmola wrote:
>> DJGPP has a much higher threshold (it's much more complicated), but
>> there are far more people contributing to djgpp than to cygwin.  If
>> anyone can figure out *why*, let us know! ;-) I think it's social -
>> djgpp contributors just know that they'll get a friendly reception to
>> their contributions, good or bad, so they aren't as hesitant to send
>> stuff in.
>That could be part of it.  The fact that a company is in charge of 
>coordinating the efforts has an effect.
>In the past the main reason I didn't even investigate contributing is :
>Because of the feeling that contributions are unwanted, and that someone
>else is making money of of my work.
>After a little investigation, I found that these wern't valid concerns, but
>they are a first line of resistance.  

It is interesting that you felt this way at first.  I wonder if the reason
has anything to do with the name "Cygwin" which sounds so similar to "Cygnus".

The reason I am saying this is because hundreds of people have contributed to
the linux project and *many* companies make money from linux.


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