When Open Source Projects Close the Process, Something’s Wrong

“Twice in recent weeks open source projects have surprised me
with their lack of openness. In both cases, developers acted or
spoke out in such a way as to intentionally push other developers
away from their work.

“The first incident originated with KDE’s Oxygen project, an
icon redesign on track for inclusion in KDE 4. Oxygen designer
David Vignoni expressed his disapproval that someone outside the
project team put together a theme package incorporating the
project’s publicly accessible icons. He asked the theme packager to
remove the Oxygen icons. Commenters on his blog cheered…”