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InfoWorld: Linus on Source Code, Developer Craziness, and the Makings of Successful Projects

Dec 15, 2005, 22:00 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

"What follows is a fascinating interchange between Linus Torvalds and Chris Blizzard on the Desktop Linux (public) mailing list. Linus' comments on the value of source code, the importance of letting developers run amok, and other sundry things is great fodder for those looking to better understand how to make open source projects thrive...

"I suspect that what you see as a raging hatred for user configuration is instead just a symptom of what we consider important in GNOME. We are willing to prioritize 'working well out of the box' and 'consistent and easy to use' over user configuration. So that particular set of features just never bubbles up to the top. As near as I can tell it just is a question of priorities.

"[Linus]I don't understand why you and Havoc seem to be of the opinion that working well out of the box and having good defaults is in any way something I argue against..."

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