[development] enterprise needs

Nedjo Rogers nedjo at islandnet.com
Tue Feb 28 04:11:56 UTC 2006

> 1) A trivial patch I submitted to the project.module to fix a
> permission problem in 4.6 wasn't going to be committed (without some
> prodding) because "4.6 is frozen", even though the code was actually
> broken (one of the access control permissions didn't work at all if
> you tried to enable it) and a 1-line change got it working.

Derek, I agree with your general point on 4.6.  In the issue you reference, 
http://drupal.org/node/49408, I didn't mean that 4.6 was (formally) 
frozen--just that, to my knowledge, no one was doing much active 

But this small distinction gets fairly near the core of the issues we're 
discussing.  The situation is that a lot of (paid, economically significant) 
work depends on volunteer contributions--from Dries on down to module 

The thing about volunteers is that you can't really require them to do work. 
They'll contribute largely what they want to, what interests and motivates 
them.  Generally speaking, when there's limited time available, doing 
maintenance on old releases is often going to rate relatively low when 
measured up against, e.g., getting an innovative new version out.

So maybe the question really becomes: how do we enable those who depend on 
old releases to contribute to maintaining them?

Maybe Dries' welcome approach of having a 'release maintainer' is worth 
looking at here for more than core.  Major users of modues could adopt old 
releases when the module author/maintainer no longer wishes to maintain 

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