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Linux User & Developer: Fear of Forking

Jul 12, 2006, 02:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

"The free software model of software development, (if such a thing exists), is about rapid detection of problems, rapid repair of those problems, and the rapid acceptance and advance of entirely new ideas. These conditions depend upon the participation and collaboration of users and developers from a wide variety of backgrounds. The original community of Linux developers was self-selecting. For the most part they were young 'hobbyists' with a broad interest in software who wanted something more adventurous and versatile than early versions of Windows to run on their home computers, something that echoed the professional world of Unix, and allowed the user to explore the box.

"Playing Pacman and pushing entries into spreadsheets was not sufficient to their aim or their interest, and the emergence of Linux not only gave them the opportunity to share their discoveries, but to explore and expand their capabilities by learning from others..."

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