LinuxPlanet: The Linux Community: Wear Your Hearts On Your SleevesAug 30, 2000, 21:23 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Ferris)
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"Take the current action centered around the GNOME and KDE. If this were a corporation where there were internal struggles centered around some technical decisions, not only would no one outside of a small group of folks on the earth know -- there would be public relations people on the outside dressing up the delays or events as positive things."
"With the Linux and Open Source community, not only do people see the exchanges, they have the source code to the work both parties are referencing. There are no mysteries involved. What we see is literally what we're getting. It would be as if your family feuds were broadcast live over cable television, along with a diagram of the house and where all the weapons were located. It would be as if a small nation itself wore its heart on its sleeve."
"It makes for great editorials and pundit-like predictions. That's us, right now, folks. Some people are looking in from the outside and saying it ain't pretty. ...without all of this digital democracy, without all of this public debate, struggle and even rock-throwing at times -- without that, there is no Open Source. You don't get one without the other."
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