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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 business model."

"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."

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