"Not only is free software development unprecedented in its size
and geographic spread--hundreds of people from countries around the
world collaborating on individual projects--but it brings together
people who are notorious for having trouble dealing with other
people. That's really impressive when you think about it.
"Of course, the stereotype of the computer programmer with
Aspergers Syndrome is overblown. I used the term in my title to
attract attention, but I've worked with enough programmers to know
that many warm and socially sophisticated people take up the
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