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ZDNet UK: Open Source Needs Sex Education

Aug 02, 2006, 00:45 (7 Talkback[s])

"Open source development is about communities as much as it is about writing software. At their best, those communities can be highly effective meritocracies, encouraging exceptional people to produce exceptional code. More often, though, they can be forbidding places for those who don't fit in. Ask the wrong question in the wrong way, and the scorn will eat through your screen like acid.

"There's nothing unique about this aspect of open source development: any tight clique responds to outsiders in this way..."

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