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 Michael Wassil on Fri 17th Dec 2004 21:36 UTC

I think the issue the article raises is that of an environment within which software development takes place. The author contrasts the open, "commununity", free market environment that characterizes OSS development to the closed, monopolistic environment that characterizes most commercial development.

The fact of the matter is, a lot more people use software than develop it. Whether they care about the development environment is a secondary issue. If they don't care and just want something for free, or if they care and become advocates is not really what the article is addressing. Likewise, whether or not most users care about having access to the source code is irrelevant. The developers have access to the source and are the only ones who care about having access to it.

The author is stating his opinion that all other things being equal, the open source, community model has greatly more potential than the closed, monopoly model of development. It can be more responsive and lead to more creative interaction between developers and the mass of users than the closed, monopoly model. I think he's correct.