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Re: [Axiom-developer] Why did Axiom fail in the 1990s?

From: William Sit
Subject: Re: [Axiom-developer] Why did Axiom fail in the 1990s?
Date: Sun, 01 Jul 2007 17:10:31 -0400

My emphasis was to have more *USERS* and the question is why many former users abandoned Axiom and did not return. To clarify, "users" includes people who use Axiom to compute and/or contribute new algebra code with documentation (who may also be, but not exclusively, build-developers or system-developers: people who contribute to make, lisp, boot, user-interface, compilers, interpreters, packaging, etc.).


On Sun, 1 Jul 2007 15:43:53 -0500
 address@hidden wrote:
There is a constant drumbeat to expand the number of developers. To quote Chris DiDona, Danese Cooper, and Mark Stone (Open Sources 2.0
ISBN 0-596-00802-3, pXXVIII):
Brooks' Law appears to set a fundamental limit on the optimal size of programming teams -- and a rather small limit at that. Empirical evidence supports Brooks's Law. For example, since its inception has maintained very close to a 10:1 ratio of registered users to registered projects, suggesting that open source development projects seldom have more than
  10 active developers.


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