"Overwhelmingly, responses to my last column contained
challenges from readers who did not think that language or a
dictionary were very adequate comparisons to use in a discussion of
open source development and free software...."
"For those who object that language isn't the best
comparison for the open source development model, I offer another:
open source development is like the law."
"Take the United States Constitution, one of my favorite
constitutions of all time. Everyone is taught in school -- but few
people recall in day-to-day life -- that the US Constitution was
written by a collective of authors, who pulled all-nighters from
May until September 1787 to hack this document together at the
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