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NewsForge: Does 'Community' Still Exist in Open Source?

Jun 11, 2005, 01:00 (19 Talkback[s])
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"The nature of the open source community is changing. I'm not exactly sure what 'open source community' means anymore. When I first got involved with open source in 1998/99, the community was distinct: It was Eric Raymond, Bruce Perens, Robin Miller, and others like them. Developers. Gear heads. Hackers. Today, it's unclear whether that community still exists in any separate, discernible form.

"Look at their former haunts (Apache and Linux mailing lists, among others) and you may still find them, but many have been hired by Novell, IBM, Hewlett-Packard, or some corporation, including a range of startups interested in cashing in on the open source gold rush..."

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