>Ed Merk’s latest blog posting about the marketing of various downloads, and the disappearance of the Eclipse Modeling Package to a sub link, corresponds in some ways to a post by Rick Jelliffe on Microsoft’s participation in standards groups. How are the two related, by the following quote from Rick.
“One of the great disappointments of the open source movement has been the way that lazy users don’t feed changes and improvements back, but are passive recipients. And often we see open source programs reflecting the priorities of its sponsors not its users.”
In some ways this is the same effect that is appearing on the popularity ranking of the Eclipse Download page, but it is a bigger issue than that. Like the adoption of Standards, it unfortunately isn’t the users that are driving the changes of the standard, but the priorities of the sponsors. A balancing act needs to be made when doing either open source development and standards work. Which hat do you wear? Is it the community hat, or your employers/sponsors hat? Which one you wear affects everybody as a whole.