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Do open-source projects need strong leaders?

Nov 03, 2010, 14:03 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

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"GNOME, the popular Linux desktop interface, took a hit today. Its popular leader Stormy Peters left GNOME for Mozilla to work on the open Web. GNOME, which has been struggling with getting its critical 3.0 release out the door, will be the poorer for her absence.

"This got me thinking. How important our "leaders" to open-source projects? We tend to think of open-source projects being lead by top developers. Sometimes that's true. Without Linux Torvalds, the top developer, would we have Linux, the major operating system or, as is the case the BSD Unix family, a handful of relatively minor operating systems? I don't think so."

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