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Rough Type: Open Source's Other Advantage

Feb 01, 2006, 17:30 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Carr)

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"If you compare the way software is developed under an open-source approach and a traditional proprietary approach, you might reasonably conclude that both approaches have their strengths and weaknesses--and that those strengths and weaknesses spring from the very different organizational models they use. An open-source project has the advantage of mobilizing a whole lot of eyeballs: getting many different programmers with different perspectives and backgrounds--many of whom are also actual users of the software--to contribute to solving problems, adding features, and fine-tuning the code..."

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