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LinuxProgramming.com: Managing Projects the Open Source Way

Nov 01, 2000, 13:21 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Monty R. Manley)

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"There are two words which don't get much play in Linux development projects: Requirements and Design. Not surprisingly, it is the lack of these two things which causes most of the problems in open-source software. Too many developers in the Linux space start programming before they have a good idea of what their project functions and capabilities are. In other words, they start in the middle, not at the beginning."

"An overwhelming tendency in the Linux world is to focus on the act of programming as the sine qua non of the development process. The discussion is always about the code: how to write it, how to maintain it, when to release it, toolkits to build on, languages to use. The various discussions almost never turn on issues like top-level design, user requirements, and life-cycle management."

"There is an unspoken but clear belief among many in the Linux development community that OSS development is fundamentally different than closed-source or commercial software development. There is a feeling that the rules are different, that Linux is somehow exempted from traditional development pitfalls. This is obviously not true, and it has led to an increasing spate of problems in Linux and other free OSes."

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