Open source pathologies observed, #1

Here’s an exchange I think I see almost every day. We’ll call the typical developer and the OSS developer “John” and “Mary” respectively, setting aside the fact that all the female OSS developers out there could probably fit comfortably in one booth at Chili’s.

JOHN: I need an X.

MARY: We don’t have an X. Why don’t you write one yourself and contribute it back to us?

JOHN: Because if I had the skill or time to write it myself, I wouldn’t be looking for one. Plus, writing it for general consumption will take at least twice as long, so… don’t hold your breath.

MARY: Screw you, corporate tool.

JOHN: Bite my ass, hippie.

And we’re done here.

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