First of all I would like to thank you very much Chris and Bob for their work on the developement of IanniX. Our aim is to have an entire community around this project and I am happy to have you as a fondamental partner, your point of view is extremely important for the evolution of IanniX. Please do not think that our silence is due to a lack of interest in your intellectual and technical contribution to the project, but please understand that we have been all very busy this last period.
Thierry, I wish I could find all of your words here inspirational. I appreciate you’ve taken the time to respond and that you’ve sent kudos to us (even though Chris is more deserving and others here have done much more than I to support things like interoperational concepts, for example).
However, your words exemplify what it is that bothers me and what you say reveals what is behind why I don’t view this as a truly open source project:
My big concern has always been the same for several years, that is the way to keep on financing the development.
You have several volunteers right here, your repository costs nothing, and you don’t really have to pay for a website. Your grant from the French government, however, likely has its own set of rules that ‘transcend’ the tenets of OSS.
For the new version we are actually three people working on the project in Paris,
So the project began with and continues to have a built-in constraint on who can work on it?
…each one has a precise and independent task
Open source development is seldom tidy, and its developers are interdependent. In fact, that interdependence is widely accepted as a core definition of an open source development community. Notwithstanding that, community code can be elegant and robust and reinforced by peer review. This cannot be managed efficiently unless all developers participate via a common repository, something you actually have created but seem to be keeping hidden.
…and you can understand that this is insufficient for the demanded amount of work. We all have another job allowing us to earn money
Well, yes I can understand that it is too much for three part-timers.
By the way, I am still looking forward a solution to keep on financing and going on with the project
So, going on with the project hinges upon getting more financing?! Do you see why I have a bit of trouble with this?
With respect for the accomplishments of the Iannix team over the years,
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