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Since the beginning, Qt C++ development framework has been a product that has collaborated with and embraced its developer community as much as possible. Nokia believes the time has come to take this model forward again and to empower the community even more by changing the way Qt is governed – by moving to an even more open governance model.
As a Free Software social project, we have an obligation to take this project further, for the good of the community that revolves around it. Putting the decisions for the project’s future in the hands of the community is one of the highest benefits of any FOSS project, and we’d like to bring this benefit to our users and developers.
About two months ago, we made the announcement that the project and its governance were being handed over to the community. Time has passed, the code is changing, and the project continues to thrive in new directions. I’d like to take a minute to explain the scope of what’s being done here.
For Sun Microsystems, the acquisition of open-source database vendor MySQL is a positive step, giving Sun its own database and a growing, loyal community of open-source users and developers to add to its portfolio. So what's the upside or downside for the MySQL community itself?
We’ve been going through quite a lot in terms of development over the past month, and with our switch over to a versioning system, stable builds, and a development branch, we would like to take the logical next step in getting Diaspora into the hands of people that want to set up a pod themselves, by helping us make linux distribution packages of Diaspora.
There are a vast number of fantastic open source projects out there, though for every one that is widely adopted, there are many that remain cloaked in relative obscurity. How can the open source development model best be leveraged to take advantage of community feedback, ideas, and testing, and ultimately gather code contributions?