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Constructing the Bazaar

Nov 07, 2007, 22:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Juergen Brendel)

"The open-source development model can can be powerful and incredibly beneficial for any software development project. Yet, even most open-source projects do not follow this style of development. Today, I want to talk a bit about why this is the case, and what can be done to set your project on the right path to enjoy the advantages of the open-source development process.

"In 1997, Eric S. Raymond wrote his seminal essay The Cathedral and the Bazaar. He discussed his observations of the Linux kernel development processes, contrasting it with the traditional approach of software design. He likened the teeming and seemingly arbitrary community effort of Linux to a bazaar and the deliberate and traditional top-down approach to the construction of a cathedral..."

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