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Boston Globe: Finding More Than 'Free Love' at Open Source's Core

Mar 18, 2003, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by D.C. Denison)

"The networking diagram, with spidery lines connecting multicolored nodes, looks like a map of an urban phone system or a cluster of connected computers. In fact it displays the most frequent contributors to Linux, the open-source operating system, with different colors indicating the number of contributions each has made. The three members of the Boston Consulting Group's Strategy Practice Initiative, who are sitting in one of the firm's conference rooms in downtown Boston, spend a few minutes pointing out some of the most interesting patterns, then click to a second slide, a fever line that captures another view of the Linux community. The new image inspires another round of commentary.

"Robert Wolf, Philip Evans, and Mark Blaxill have plenty to say on the topic of Linux. They've been studying it, and open source in general, for more than two years to see whether more general lessons can be learned from the phenomenon. When I stopped by Wednesday night, the three sounded optimistic that they were on to something..."

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