George: In the case of Linux, the
implementers talked to the users and could find exactly what it is
they need, instead of having the information from the users
filtered through five or six layers. Do you think that the same
advantageous method can be applied to any project based on virtual
Dan: I think that a structure like that is
possible in any project depending on one thing. The level of
dedication by the community surrounding the project TO THE PROJECT
(not to a subsidiary goal).
Open Source is really an ideology and the community surrounding
it is very dedicated to it. Because of this strong belief in what
they are doing, they are motivated to continually improve their
products. If Open Source was only a revenue generating scheme, and
the community was only dedicated to making money, then, once money
is being made, the motivation to continue improving decreases
substantially. And this is partly where the open communication
lines come in. It allows for problems to identified and fixed
quickly. The other part of the open communication and willingness
to talk to users is based on wanting to be recognized by the
community for their efforts."
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