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..."