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From: Drew Jensen <>
On Wed, 2010-10-20 at 20:30 +0200, Charles-H. Schulz wrote:
Le Wed, 20 Oct 2010 13:16:37 -0400,
Drew Jensen <> a écrit  :
On Wed, 2010-10-20 at 16:57 +0200, Gianluca Turconi  wrote:
Il 20/10/2010 16.36, Mike Dupont ha scritto:
 > > > 1. what will it cost if you have to rewrite the authors code  and
all derived works.
2. what if  you just remove the code

Contributions are  not only code. There are a lot of intangibles.

 > Marketing, lobbying and advocating work are some examples.k

- if you  do that AND you also are active on the MLs here, you are on the
marketing  conference calls and you pitch in to help write and execute a
marketing plan.  Then you _are_ working on the project.

Agreed, though I wouldn't just say the MLs, but the forums, etc. You have to be 
part of the community as well; not just out saying things about it.
I've come and gone through a number of communities - Subversion, Samba, PHP, to 
name a couple - over the years as interests, time, and demands require.
I haven't quite contributed to any them in terms of code, but I was contributing 
to them in terms of user support - helping people with questions, etc; and in 
some cases submitting feature requests, etc.
All of that is contribution.

Perhaps another model to consider is Gentoo's model -
Many contribute on the list, but only a few are brought into the Gentoo 


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