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Weak Communities and Strong Forks

Oct 06, 2007, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Proprietary vendors sometimes point to the possibility of open-source fragmentation as one of its great weaknesses believing, as they do, that the vendor should always control its own destiny. What such vendors fail to see is that a community's right to fork a project is actually its greatest strength. The fork is the community's most valuable tool for ensuring the ongoing health of the project.

"OpenOffice.org is feeling this now, as a cumbersome community process has led prominent members of the OpenOffice community to lay down the law (er... the fork) and declare independence, as Kohei Yoshida does..."

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