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Do open-source projects need strong leaders?

[ Thanks to Steven J.
Vaughan-Nichols
for this link. ]

“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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