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Salon: Walking the open-source walk

Jun 28, 1999, 12:27 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Leonard)

"Eric Raymond incorporates reader insights into his essay on the open-source economy."

"Eric Raymond's most recent essay on open-source software, "The Magic Cauldron," set off the usual firestorm of debate over whether open source makes sense in a business context. Raymond is without question one of the most prominent and influential advocates of open-source software, but that doesn't mean every observation he makes is accepted as holy writ by the programming community. Quite the contrary -- as the media profile of open-source/free software rises, Raymond is getting hammered with at least as much abuse as praise."

"But whatever your opinion of Raymond, you can't accuse him of not living up to his own hallowed methodology. Raymond's core argument is that the key strength of open-source software rests in its inherent promotion of widespread peer review. When everyone can see the source code, improvements and bug fixes are easily made and smoothly incorporated back into the code stream. Raymond applies exactly this process to his own essays."

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