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Dear KV,

I am working at a startup where we use a lot of open source code software, not just for our operating systems, but also at the core of several products. We have been building our systems on top of open source for several years, but at this point we only consume the software, we never have time to contribute patches. Working with 30 to 40 different projects, given our small staff, would introduce a lot of engineering overhead that the company simply cannot absorb at the moment.


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