MacWeek.com: Open-source sermon at MacHack
Jun 23, 2000, 13:13 (2 Talkback[s])
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"Open-source software advocate Eric S. Raymond, kicking off
the 15th MacHack conference here at midnight with a five-hour
keynote speech, had little to say about the Macintosh, but still
managed to raise the hackles of Mac programmers--at least those who
were still awake--with his strong defense of the open-source
"Raymond, speaking with the zeal of a fundamentalist preacher,
suggested that the Mac hacker culture had different strengths, such
as multimedia and GUI expertise, than his own Linux culture. His
goal, he said, was to begin the process of combining the strengths
of both developer cultures to create the best software possible.
Raymond was on stage in Cupertino last year when Apple Computer
announced that it would make its Darwin OS, the core of Mac OS X,
available in an open-source version."
"Likening the MacHack crowd to fans at a science-fiction
convention, he offered a reprise of "The Cathedral and the Bazaar,"
a talk, originally delivered at Linux Kongress 97, that many regard
as the mission statement for the open-source movement."