Linked by David Adams on Fri 17th Dec 2004 18:20 UTC, submitted by jeanmarc
Editorial The real heart of open source lies in its potential to be greater than the sum of its parts, the capacity to leverage the talent and abilities of an entire community of developers and users who are striving towards a common goal, according to an editorial at Linux Insider.
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Whats so bad about messy
by rspickles on Fri 17th Dec 2004 19:09 UTC

Not only would Adam Smith have loved the workings OSS – Charles Darwin would recognize the working of the OSS. When people rant against the lack of central control and organization or as this author labels it “fragmentation” of effort they still miss the point. Free markets and natural selection are both messy and fragmented by their nature – how else can you insure you have found the best solution for each given problem. Neat ordered action only exists only in the human mind when ever we insist on it we must ignore posible solutions and therefore at times must ignore the best solution. So I have no problem with the "messieness" of OSS devlopement in the OSS comunity.