"How Eric Raymond became the ambassador for the open-source
movement -- and why he hasn't quit..."
"There's nothing wrong with getting what you want, of course,
and according to Raymond, that's what open-source software is
really all about. "I want to live in a world where software doesn't
suck," he says, and so far, he's doing a pretty good job of
realizing that dream. In the last year, this boyish-looking,
unemployed 40-year-old who lives in a small Pennsylvania town has
become, arguably, the most important voice in an exploding movement
among businesses and engineers. With his paper "The Cathedral and
the Bazaar," a candidate for high rank in the huge canon of letters
on technology, Raymond inspired Netscape to give away the source
code to its Web browser. With his proclamations around and about
the Net, he's given Microsoft reason to fret about the open-source
phenomenon. Lately -- and no small thanks to Raymond -- that
specter has been looming ever larger."
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