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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by Lumbergh on Fri 17th Dec 2004 21:10 UTC

At first I thought the article was going to be some touchy-feely, gobbly gook about people sitting around singing kumbaya (the community), but then he addressed the weakness of open source. And that is a limited pool of talented developers, myopic vision, and fragmentation.

The problem is that if someone is not getting paid then they are not going to take shit from some kid on a project who is a wannabe dictator. So what happens is that they start their own project and then you get duplication of effort. Forking or starting from scratch isn't always bad, but dilution of talent is a problem.

Sometimes software is better developed with 5 guys with offices right next to each other, with a manager that can crack the whip, and they have incentive to stick it out (pay).

99.9999% of people don't care about source code. They think people that view open source as a religion are crazy and just want to use software tools.