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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Free software book?

From: Dave Crossland
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Free software book?
Date: Sat, 2 Feb 2008 00:26:29 +0100

On 01/02/2008, Mark Preston <address@hidden> wrote:
>  >
>  > Mediaeval Cathedrals were often multi-generational projects with each
>  > generation building on the work of the last. They are a framework within
>  > which people could do something amazing, architecturally speaking. A
>  > strong sense of purpose and a supportive framework can work wonders for
>  > individual talent.
> what would have been a better allegory for Raymond to have used?

There are various ways to explain free software development in
economists' terms (externalizing costs of testing and R&D, reducing
the costs of your complements to increase need for your core business,
etc) that don't require the metaphor.

The way Rob explain cathedrals makes the GNU project's strategy in
that metaphor sound very cool. That ESR is so down on it says more
about his falling out with RMS than it does about
central-vs-distributed development models.

Aren't the Python and Linux kernel project run by architecting
"dictators-for-life," Cathedral-style?


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