How open is open?
By migi on Jun 05, 2007
Few days ago I have joined to the Polish OpenSolaris Portal.
One of the project aims is to make polish translation of the documentation and locales for OpenSolaris Project.
Before commiting any code I was asked to sign SCA, which was not a problem, because as an Sun Employee I don't have to go through this process, but I have realized, that people outside the Sun, which are contributing to any of the OpenSolaris project have another thing to do.
I know that this is the "only" one time process, but personally I would not send signed agreement to any company, just to submit my patch to the project.
Creating artificial (from developer/my point of view) barriers simply discourage people from the community. And this is a barrier in my opinion. We are great at making the complicated things really easy, but... vice-versa.
I am very happy that few people joined to my project (JPack), but I am a little afraid of telling them to sign SCA: "Hello my friends, I have a little surprise for you. If you want to send me a patch or commit a code, you need to send an agreement!"