@jwildeboer 1000× this. Almost every time I have seen a company fork a project and not make a point to *work upstream* (not just drive-by PRs that never pass a review), they spend *more* time constantly rebasing or fighting upstream instead of making the ecosystem better.
@jwildeboer And I’m saying this having worked on projects on both sides—upstream and downstream. Working with the upstream, contributing directly means you actually get a lot of pull within the project, while also ensuring your needs are considered in future development.
@cassidyjames the big lesson, that is often counterintuitive to hierarchical companies, is that giving up ownership and control in exchange for participation delivers better results, lower cost and more happy people. Weird ;)
@jwildeboer ...sais the company that goes to great lengths to maintain their own forks of ancient Linux kernels 😉
@galaxis while forward porting and back porting bug fixes and features since 20+ years. We promise ABI/API stability for our distribution and happily understand and shoulder the cost for these forks.
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