July 22, 2008
Dictators in free and open source software
Some people seem to challenge the idea that most (if not all) free software projects need a benevolent dictator -- that is, somebody who has the last say on every decision. They are quick to point out Linus TorvaldsÃ¢â¬â¢ past Ã¢â¬ÅmistakesÃ¢â¬Â (see the brackets): using BitKeeper to manage the kernel, not allowing Ã¢â¬ÅpluggableÃ¢â¬Â schedulers in Linux, etc. As a software developer, I feel that a dictator is absolutely necessary in every free software project. Here is why.
Link: Free Software Magazine