Joined: Sep. 2005
||Posted: June 28 2007,13:22
It does read to me as a little odd.
It is possible for some people to become a little overinvolved emotionally in any forum, and the author more or less admitted to being sensitive to that. It's best to limit one's emotional investment in any one forum.
My experience of the Puppy forums is relatively limited (I mean John Murga's forum). But I'd have to say my evaluation of the health and attitude of the community there has been very positive indeed.
Barry did clarify in a post not that long ago that anyone was free to do whatever with Puppy and distribute it, provided they did not call it "Puppy". Though he was more vague about the copyright on his scripts, which presumably mean his permission is needed. But as there are already a zillion Puppy derivatives being distributed, I think it would be hard for him to justify saying no. His engagement with the communtiy seems to be very open and he encourages contributions, bug fixes etc. If anything, Puppy variants seem to be encouraged, what with the Puppy Unleashed system and the various remaster scripts. There's a kind of natural selection process and the best features of these sometimes end up getting incorporated into Puppy. An example of this wasone of the popular variants (they call them Puplets), whose developer recently announced he wouldn't need to make any more since his key features had been incorporated into Puppy proper.
In other words, using the community in this way is quite a smart development model in some ways and leverages on different community member's desires to produce and test their own customizations. It's also lined up a number of people ready to take the reins from Barry when he winds down his involvement, at which point Puppy will become a comunity project. The "CE" releases are already community driven and produced.