Wednesday, 16 April 2003

Internet Diplomacy's usual problem

Listening to:

Eric Clapton, Crossroads, from a compilation album, The Cream of Clapton.

The Diplomacy game that I’m involved in has fallen prey to what I think is a common problem; one of the players has abandoned his position, meaning that the game is on hold until someone else volunteers to take over the abandoned power. Needless to say, the abandoned position is not a very attractive one, so we may be waiting for a while. The Internet hobby maintains an openings page, so the vacant position is being advertised. Maybe someone will want to sign up a two-centre Russia, but I’m not holding my breath. When I’ve played enough and demonstrated that I’m not in the habit of dropping out of games myself, I will qualify to join the Vermont Group, a bunch of players who like playing games to completion without abandonments. Or so they say.

The Mozilla project has released a new roadmap. Much of the plan is just about plumping for one technology over another, but it also includes this objective:

Continue the move away from an ownership model involving a large cloud of hackers with unlimited CVS access, to a model, more common in the open source world, of vigorously defended modules with strong leadership and clear delegation, a la NSPR, JavaScript, Gecko in recent major milestones, and Phoenix.

Anarchy as a model for software development just isn’t viable.

One famous open source project, Linux, has a penguin as its mascot. And this gives me a seamless segue to my final link of the day, a story from a couple of months ago about penguins behaving strangely in San Francisco Zoo.