On Tuesday 15 June 2004 07:22, Sam Roberts wrote:
> Wrote Sean O'Dell <sean / celsoft.com>, on Tue, Jun 15, 2004 at 11:36:18AM 
+0900:
>
> > I also see loads of new projects coming out that aren't funded at all
> > that beat out older *nix projects.  Take Sendmail for example.  Sendmail
> > *is* commercial and funded.  Exim is not.  Exim is a terrific replacement
> > for Sendmail; has most if not all (now) of Sendmail's functionality, and
> > is so much easier to learn and master, it's hardly comparable.
>
> Exim was developed by the University of Cambridge, it may not be
> commercial, but it wasn't some guy working in his basement, either.

Philip Hazel developed Exim AT the University of Cambridge, and the copyright 
belongs to the FSF.  As far as I know, he developed it pretty much alone.

> ISPs using exim are contributing paid company hours into maintaining and
> adding enhancements to it. There are thousands (10s of thousands?) more
> ISPs today than there were 10 years ago.
>
> Matz is payed to work on ruby full-time.
>
> O'Reilly pours money into OS development.
>
> > It's better developers.  Linux is growing in popularity, and programmers
> > usually making big bucks in large commercial sectors are devoting more of
> > their free time to open source projects.
>
> Those developers are using Linux in large commercial sectors, and many
> of those developers are contributing paid company hours to working on
> it.

This is sort of my overall point, that commercial talent is making its way 
into open source projects.

	Sean O'Dell