Re: Minutes of the GNOME Board meeting February 12 2002

On Thu, 2002-02-21 at 11:14, Richard Stallman wrote:
>     Perhaps, but it's more likely to reflect human nature than any specific
>     group or movement.
> If you expect programmers to work only on what they personally need,
> you'd expect experienced programmers to volunteer only for projects
> that are useful for experienced programmers.

Or perhaps lots of programmers all thought "Wow, a free desktop, let me
at it"

I doubt any of them were doing it while thinking "This is stupid, but 
the GNU guys asked for it so I'll waste years of my spare time on it"

No, I reckon they all thought then (as now) that it is a good idea.

> So be careful of simplistic models of human nature.  Human nature is
> very flexible, and very malliable.  

Each of them is helping their fellow man, and no doubt there is a lot of
overlapping  of beliefs here.

And as for malleable, money makes a great hammer, I imagine there are
countless thousands of experienced programmers working on tasks they
really care little or nothing about just for the pay check.

  Rob Brown-Bayliss

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