[PD] puredata evolution

Chris McCormick chris at mccormick.cx
Tue May 29 05:37:24 CEST 2007

On Mon, May 28, 2007 at 11:44:22AM +0200, Tim Blechmann wrote:
> On Sun, 2007-05-27 at 23:39 -0400, Chris McCormick wrote:
> > Also, whenever somebody's patch
> > is not accepted by Miller they often decide to fork Pd. In other open
> > source projects it is very normal for the project maintainer to drop
> > patches with very little info, or even completely silently. When this
> > happens in Pd development, people sometimes get antagonistic and/or
> > frustrated 
> forking is something, that's happening in other free software
> communities as well and is usually a way to speed up the development
> process if the maintainer becomes too conservative ... the history of
> gcc shows a successful fork ...
> but there are always two sides ... the developer doing the fork is
> loosing the support of the community and the community is loosing the
> support of the developer ...
> it's good to see this discussion on the pd-list, though ... 

Yeah, I agree completely on all counts. Sometimes really great software
comes out of forks. DesireData looks really interesting, and I know that
nova isn't a fork, but it looks interesting too. Can't wait until some
of these cool bits of software reach maturity (same goes for Pd)!

Lovin' the Free world,


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