The Joy and Pains of Releasing Open Source Software

“For those of you who have never had the pleasure of releasing
an open source software product I thought I would let you in on a
secret – IT IS VERY PAINFUL. In fact, it is the only time that I
dream of how great it is to work on a proprietary software product
with product managers running detailed schedules and Engineering
managers working directly with those schedules to meet objectives
and dates. They don’t know how easy they have it…

“Here are some issues that are faced by open source communities
when releasing software:

* Roadmaps- where do roadmaps come from and who decides what
gets in; after all, community members participate for many reasons
that are not all unified behind the single goal of a new release so
features that are added may or may not reflect what is needed on an
official roadmap. You just get what you get as developers choose
what they want to work on.”

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