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Open Source: Mob Mentality or Innovation Engine?

Jan 08, 2008, 01:45 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"In a recent article, renowned virtual reality guru Jaron Lanier criticizes the community-driven software development process of the open-source movement, asserting that the model isn't conducive to radical innovation. Lanier believes that the scientific community should shun the open approach and not follow in the footsteps of Linux.

"Lanier is a noted critic of Internet collectivism, and one can look at his previously stated positions in order to gain a better understanding of his opinions about open-source software. In a 2006 essay titled 'Digital Maoism,' Lanier condemned Wikipedia as a 'fetish site for foolish collectivism' and cautioned against what he perceived as descent into mob mentality..."

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