Alan Cox on Open-Source Development vs. Proprietary Development

“Alan Cox emailed me this morning to note a presentation he gave
way back in 2000 called ‘Dear Mr Brooks, or: Software engineering
in the free software world.’ It’s no surprise to me that my recent
blog post (on the topic of optimally sized development teams) was
better articulated by Alan many years ago.

“What was surprising is just how prescient Alan’s talk was. And
how informative. For anyone who has ever wondered how open-source
software development works compared to proprietary-software
development, this is an absolute must read. Alan is one of the most
influential developers of the Linux kernel, and his experience
shows through…”