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Ciol.com (India): Selling in the Bazaar : The Software Development Process De-Mystified

Nov 17, 2000, 09:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Niramiai Rikishi)

[ Thanks to Harry for this link. ]

"In all the excitement and fury that surrounds the Open source movement and in no small measure Linux itself, it is often very easy to forget the origins and beginnings of this unique and often misunderstood development mechanism. Today, with Sun releasing StarOffice (renamed as OpenOffice), we are often transported to a time when Netscape bravely ventured where few had dared to go before - to release a commercial application into the open domain. In this three part series we look at the open source model and it''s history and the pros and cons that surround this development mechanism."

"The history of the term "Open Source" as well as Netscape opening up the source code for their browser is linked in no small measure to Eric S Raymond. He is the author of the authoritative Jargon File as well as the extremely useful fetchmail client, in addition to various other interesting efforts. In his seminal paper titled "The Cathedral and the Bazaar", he describes in some detail how the "Open Source" mechanism helped him create fetchmail, a high quality, fast and effective tool for mail retrieval."

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