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MIT Technology Review: Linus's World

Nov 14, 2005, 18:15 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

"The Prussian statesman Otto von Bismarck once summarized the unseemly side of politics with a quip: 'Laws are like sausages. It's better not to see them being made.'

"The same would hold true for open-source software development, were it not for the troublesome fact that open source, by definition, implies transparency. In the case of the Linux kernel--the core of the widely-used open-source operating system--that means users can not only review the underlying source code and count the number of profanities in the source documentation, they can also sit in on the internal debates that shape even the most minute design decision..."

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