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SubjectRe: Why the DOS has many ntfs read and write driver,but the linux can't for a long time
On Tuesday 10 January 2006 08:26, Denis Vlasenko wrote:
> On Tuesday 10 January 2006 10:33, D. Hazelton wrote:
> > On Tuesday 10 January 2006 02:33, Denis Vlasenko wrote:
> > <snip>
> >
> > > Andrew, I think this is a rare (on lkml at least) case when guy
> > > does not want to participate in development in a Linux way
> > > but wants to just pay for development instead:
> > > "I want this <hardware> to work good under Linux. I want to pay
> > > up to <sum> to whoever will agree to do that. Anybody?"
> > >
> > > Do not dismiss him lightly. There are LOTS of people which aren't
> > > hackish at all. An order of magniture more than 'us' computer geeks.
> > > M$ is successful because it uses this resource.
> > > We may want to think how can we use it too.
> > >
> > > No, I don't think you, or someone else on this list can efficiently
> > > use it, but distros, being more commercially oriented, maybe can.
> >
> > This is true. The types of bounties I have seen in OS development do not
> > usually reach much beyond $500. If distro's were to get behind this and
> > start offering bounties of large sums for _working_ code for hardware
> > there might be a response.
> I meant a different thing. Distro is a commercial entity.
> Users can buy services from businesses. "Write (or fix) me a driver"
> is a service.
> People inclined to just pay for code instead of helping with coding
> may have greater success talking to distros.
> Of course, distros then will hire someone from lkml crowd to actually do
> it.
> If there will be enough of cash flow from such requests, this can
> becode somebody's full time job.

Almost exactly what I meant. Truth is, though, that I mentioned the "bounty"
system because its flexible enough that the distro's wouldn't have to hire
someone full-time. However, I can see that it would make a difference in
several respects. Statement withdrawn.

D. Hazelton
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