[webkit-dev] Request for comments

Kalle Vahlman kalle.vahlman at gmail.com
Thu Aug 14 03:02:53 PDT 2008

2008/8/14 Jack Wootton <jackwootton at gmail.com>:
> I think perhaps this depends on how you choose to categorise what has
> (not) happened to the s60 webkit port.  I choose to view it at a
> company granularity, here's why: It is the same company, the same
> legal entity, the same policies, same guidelines, same work ethics
> etc.

If you actually believe that, you probably don't know the big
corporate world too well.

>  While you no doubt feel it counter productive to tackle the s60
> webkit issues now, and it may be so in the short time, I have little
> doubt that it will be just as counter productive long term, if they
> are ignored.
> For a quick gain from Nokia, you are advocating Nokia's behaviour
> toward the open source community who wish to use s60 webkit.  You are
> communicating that it is OK for Nokia to leave a mainline broken for a
> year, to provide little documentation, almost zero community support
> and absolutely no communication regarding future development.

It's not really uncommon that the original author of an open source
project leaves it. I know I've done it. Nobody has approached me by
claimimg that I was somehow obligated to continue maintenance, let
alone prohibiting me from contributing to another project because of

I'm not saying Nokia has handled the S60 port well (I've heard
otherwise), but certainly they are within their rights in not
maintaing open sourced code[1]. Blackmailing them with empty threats
about unrelated contributions is hardly going to buy you better
support in any case...

[1] That's why the license says: 'THIS SOFTWARE IS PROVIDED [...]  "AS

Kalle Vahlman, zuh at iki.fi
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