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Avoid tinkering with open source software

Dec 04, 2009, 06:31 (16 Talkback[s])
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"In an interview with ITworld contributing writer Beth Schultz, Turner shares some lessons he has learned about working with open source software.

"1. Be a good open source citizen. "A lot of times, we took open source software, used it, saw opportunities to make some changes but never contributed those changes back upstream," says Turner. "Later on down the line, there have been updates to the software and they're incompatible with the changes that we've made. If we contributed our changes back to the community, we'd be fairly well-assured that when an update comes out we wouldn't be out of line or incompatible."

"2. Take a hard line. Either make changes and contribute back to the source or don't make changes."

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