"In all the excitement and fury that surrounds the Open source
movement and in no small measure Linux itself, it is often very
easy to forget the origins and beginnings of this unique and often
misunderstood development mechanism. Today, with Sun releasing
StarOffice (renamed as OpenOffice), we are often transported to a
time when Netscape bravely ventured where few had dared to go
before - to release a commercial application into the open domain.
In this three part series we look at the open source model and
it''s history and the pros and cons that surround this development
"The history of the term "Open Source" as well as Netscape
opening up the source code for their browser is linked in no small
measure to Eric S Raymond. He is the author of the authoritative
Jargon File as well as the extremely useful fetchmail client, in
addition to various other interesting efforts. In his seminal paper
titled "The Cathedral and the Bazaar", he describes in some detail
how the "Open Source" mechanism helped him create fetchmail, a high
quality, fast and effective tool for mail retrieval."
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