Was working on a blog post talking about a problem I’ve found in Git (220.127.116.11) and I thought I would check to see if it’s been fixed in the most recent version. After downloading and installing I reviewed the release notes where I’m quite shocked to read the following:
“…All hopes to the contrary, Git for Windows is backed by only a handful of developers, in spite of being downloaded almost one hundred thousand times. You can expect developers to be enthusiastic to fix others' issues in such a situation only for so long. In short: Do not expect other people to fix your issues for you.”
Basically, what I get from this is that the msysgit committers are a bunch of whiners. What they fail to see is that the people who would benefit from their VCS may not have the same skillset to work on the code. This is something we’ve realized long ago with Rhino Mocks.
Should more people help? Possibly. As someone active in open source technology I don’t know that I can be of much assistance to the Git team – I am someone who benefits greatly from their software (I am quite thankful for it) but don’t have the requisite knowledge in C/C++ to assist in any meaningful fashion.
Just a bit disappointed to see this type of whining in their release notes – certainly there are far better ways to say what they’re trying to say. Doesn’t represent msysgit or the broader open source community well.