[consulting] Supporting core Drupal development
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Thu Feb 9 07:03:46 UTC 2006
On Wednesday 08 February 2006 04:01 pm, Zack Rosen wrote:
> In the next year I am expecting the economy around Drupal to continue
> on it's fantastic pace. I would not be surprised if by 2007 the
> economy was well over $20M annually. My big question here in
> Vancouver is: What can we do now to make sure that some of the money
> coming into the community over the next year is put back in to
> supporting the core work that we as a community are relying on?
Maybe I'm being naive here, but I would think that as a consultant focusing on
providing solutions using Drupal, it would be in my best interest to help
maintain and improve Drupal, even if I were doing it in my spare time without
any compensation. I fully expect to be doing more for Drupal and the
community as time goes on and as I get more familiar with Drupal, my skills
improve and my own business takes off.
I am sure that I will have opportunities where a client will want something
and be unwilling to return it to the community, but I believe it will be more
likely that lots of what I create for a client could be turned back to the
community, even if it's simply fixing bugs to get desired functionality.
I think it's great when there are companies that sponsor special projects, but
I don't believe that those monies will actually be going toward core and
stabilizing or improving it. I think they will be more likely to go toward
the contrib area of Drupal.
Again, maybe that's just me being naive, and I certainly haven't been doing
this for the past year or two like a lot of you, but that's the way I see it.
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