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O'Reilly: An Interview with Eric Raymond; new content in Cathedral and Bazaar paper edition

Jan 27, 2001, 21:01 (0 Talkback[s])

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"The Cathedral & the Bazaar has been called a must-read for anyone who cares about the future of the computer industry or the dynamics of the information economy. The book's author, Eric Raymond, one of the Open Source Movement's most articulate leaders, recently talked with oreilly.com about the soon-to-be-released paperback edition of The Cathedral & the Bazaar, new material he added to this edition, and how he used an open source approach to updating it."

"oreilly.com: Why a revision now?

Raymond: Um, because Tim O'Reilly asked me nicely. :-) The material in the first edition has been under continuous revision. It was time to publish another snapshot on paper."

"oreilly.com: What will readers find that's new in this edition?

Raymond: There's a juicy new section on the mechanics of bazaar development that discusses communications structures and the nitty-gritty of parallel debugging and why it works so well. I develop a more detailed analysis of project forking. Some apparent forks (like Linux distributions) are pseudo-forks, where code can still readily cross between the daughter branches; the distinction is important because pseudo-forks are mostly harmless. ..."

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