|Paul Robert Marino
|Subject: [NYLXS - HANGOUT] The best top down mandate I've ever heard any place I work
|Get this The management at the broadcasting company I'm working for
put out a new mandate last week for all the system staff involved in
the broadcasting portion of the company.
When working with open source or free software employees are required
to do the following prior to implementation in production.
1) Report any bugs and workarounds they discover to the original
creators of the software and or intermediate support vendor when
2) Submit all patches developed internally to the original creators
of the software and or intermediate support vendor when applicable.
In other words participation in the project is mandatory as part of
our pier review process for any free or open source software we use.
There is a lot more to the statement but the short version basically
means that as long as we don't reveal sensitive information that
applies directly to how we specifically as a company earn revenue or
exposes the company to possible legal liability (e.g. like writing a
patch that implements patented tech we don't own) we are required to
give back to the community.
It seams like they actually get how free software actually works, and
that's encouraging that large companies that don't produce software
themselves are starting to finally understand it.