RE: display-buffer-alist simplifications
Stephen J. Turnbull <stephen <at> xemacs.org>
2011-09-01 01:35:32 GMT
Drew Adams writes:
> Why not? What real deadline does free software development have?
Self-imposed ones. There are things that are real that are
intangible, as someone who works with software experiences every day.
> There might be practical limits such as the lost opportunity of
> someone not being available to help after some date, but it's not
> like you have to deal with contracts and paying customers.
> Let's not exaggerate. You can do anything you want wrt development
So can a commercial enterprise, and many failures occur as a result.
But those failures aren't important per se, except to owners; there is
some friction, of course, but the productive resources which have been
freed are reasonably soon applied in new, and on average more
productive, activities. The real problem here is that users (aka
customers), both current and potential, are suffering while the
The same real problem occurs in a non-profit. If clients are not
served promptly, something is being wasted. It's just that measuring
"what is wasted" and "the right thing to do" is much harder if you
don't have profit as a measure, and trading off "different what"s is
That doesn't mean non-profit activities are a bad idea; just that
socialism sucks as a management tool. Still, that's no reason for