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On 04/19/2012 02:02 PM, Paul Robert Marino wrote:
> 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.
Yeah - the Media companies have been byting the hand that feeds it since
the Titanic or even before.