Sunday, 6 June 2010

Good news comes in bundles

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
For those of you that hadn't heard already, I just wanted to share a piece of good news: Qt have officially announced plans to start moving to an open governance model.
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.
This is by no means going to be a short, or an easy journey, but I have high hopes that it will be productive, fulfilling, and rewarding in the long term.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I--
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

-- Robert Frost

Down to business, it's important to realise that this is not going to happen overnight.

But: in the longer term, we should see infrastructure start to open up, as I wrote about previously. For example, I've already had some chatter with some people from Qt about the work I've done on open testing infrastructure on #qt-labs, as they have similar goals.

With open mailing lists, quality assurance, and other infrastructure, we will have the beginning blocks for a true meritocracy, a more level playing field for independent contributors to Qt.

With that, we will have the capability for anyone to scratch their itches easily, without being bogged down in process, while at the same time, maintaining the high quality and feature set Qt already has today, as a result of keeping the same talented, quality people around.

We're not there yet, and we won't be for a while, but the mould has been made, and now: it's time to get to work.

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