[webkit-dev] Open Design beyond Open Source

David Hyatt hyatt at apple.com
Fri Feb 16 13:36:39 PST 2007

I don't really understand this email at all.

As Maciej already said, if you want to have a public fork of WebKit,  
there's nothing stopping you.  If you want to have a public branch of  
WebKit in our repository, there's nothing stopping you (Nokia has  
such a branch, and we grant commit privileges to people for the  
branch only so they can work there unrestricted).  The project  
already supports forks and branches, so what are you asking for here?

(hyatt at apple.com)

On Feb 16, 2007, at 7:00 AM, Mike Emmel wrote:

> I think its time to step back from the details of a project and
> explain a bit of a new concept I'm working on. Its  a very short
> description but I hope it helps.
> The concept is called open design.
> The thesis is open source is not good enough.
> The reason that open source fails is that the create any significant
> new project using traditional programing methods requires the creation
> of a huge framework of code to support the project.
> X11,WebKit,KDE,Gnome etc etc etc.
> These large projects become stratified and locked into design
> decisions often made early in the project and competitive open source
> projects face a huge uphill battle of creating a new framework to
> compete with the old one. New ideas tend to be rejected out of hand
> and no one wants to make major changes to the framework because it
> would break legacy support.
> Open Design goes beyond this model and recognizes that with a complex
> project and certain points in the design multiple solutions are
> possible thus forks are not only possible but a good thing.
> In a project developed using Open Design not just open source you
> identify these places where forks can be supported and you code
> support for them. Generally this means the creation of well defined
> internal api's and careful control of interdependencies in the project
> so mutiple api's can be supported.
> Open Design strives to ensure that as many projects as possible use
> the same core source code and it works hard to identify exactly what
> this core is.
> In reality what I'm proposing for WebKit is that it adopt Open Design
> principals welcome forks and branches.
> This will allow WebKit to mature into a Open Design project with a
> well defined and tested set of core libraries supporting a wide range
> of products and frameworks.
> What WebKit should not do is fall in the trap of creating yet another
> monolithic framework.
> Sure you can create yet another monolithic framework that might be
> slightly better than our current ones but in reality your  missing a
> opportunity to think outside the box and be different.
> Git and git-svn are just a good way to support forks Linus has chosen
> open design for the Linux Kernel he just has not told people he has
> gone beyond the open source model.
> I've just put a name to the process.
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