Unless you are doing it wrong.
And sadly I`m seeing more and more people doing it wrong.
To a lot of people Open Source means that they have a piece of
software that does almost what they want and which they can
modify to their best wishes and use internally.
So they fork locally,, they don't redistribute their code , but
they aren't contributing their changes back upstream, chances are
these changes wouldn't be accepted upstream anyhow as they are
really customizing the code for their specific cases. At first
sight this doesn't look so bad , at second sight ..
When weeks or months later the upstream project releases an
urgent security fix, the local fork has deviated soo much that it
can't upgrade anymore and stays with an insecure version.[Read more]
Often it's worse.. a feature that could have been accepted
upstream has been implemented slightly different in the local
fork, the result being that newer features depending …