How many balls can you juggle?
For those of you who have never had the pleasure of releasing an open source software product I thought I would let you in on a secret - IT IS VERY PAINFUL. In fact, it is the only time that I dream of how great it is to work on a proprietary software product with product managers running detailed schedules and Engineering managers working directly with those schedules to meet objectives and dates. They don't know how easy they have it...
Here are some issues that are faced by open source communities when releasing software:
* Roadmaps- where do roadmaps come from and who decides what gets in; after all, community members participate for many reasons that are not all unified behind the single goal of a new release so features that are added may or may not reflect what is needed on an official roadmap. You just get what you get as developers choose what they want to work on