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Re: what motivates people to submit patches anyway?

On Wed, Jun 14, 2006 at 03:56:55PM -0500, David Nicol wrote:
> Not off topic, in response to thread about Goobles, and the contest to 
> collect
> Goobles towards the purely symbolic end of becoming GCC Grand Poobah -- does
> this person get their own parking space?  E-mail for 
> forwarded to
> them during thge duration of their reign?
> i think if direct benefits were engineered somehow -- even symbolicly,
> which they are,
> but more explicitly symbolicly -- there might be more better patches.

It appears that you don't realize that many of the principal GCC
developers do GCC development work as part of their paid job, either
full-time or on a consulting basis.  Most are still volunteers in the
sense that they take on tasks that go beyond what they are directly being
paid for, but they are in a position to spend a lot of time on GCC
development and still put food on the table.  The same is true of many
Linux kernel developers.

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