"Unfortunately, whenever one puts so much weight on a collective
precise thinking is seldom what's being practiced, for a
"collective" is merely an abstraction for a "number of
individuals". A collective therefore doesn't actually exist. So
explaining the FOSS phenomenon in terms of collectivism leads to
severe and even dangerous misconceptions. To see what's actually
going on we only need to look from the perspective of individuals
involved, and that would be a practice of thinking that's much more
precise. Answers then become more specific and even simpler,
because we don't have to use vague abstract sounding words in our
"Even the term "Linux community" is more likely meaningless than
not, almost like an attempt to impose a perception of coherency and
uniformity to something that is anything but coherent and uniform.
It would almost be more precise to call it a "Linux
anti-community". Even the nature of software development model
employed flies in face of what is represented by "community" as it
encourages more diversity and individualism than any model I know
of. Everyone can have their own flavor, take control of their own
software and even fork a whole project if they so wish."
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