"The enlightened self-interest that causes individuals to send
back bug fixes, contribute ideas for new features and write
documentation is much harder to find in institutions. This week,
the JargonSpy analyzes why such a gap exists and what can be done
"The first step in understanding this gap is to recognize the
roots of open source. Almost all open-source projects begin as a
community of individuals. A leader starts a project and publishes
code on the Internet, and then others join in. As more people show
up, community roles and rules develop."
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