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 Torvaldsââ¬â¢ past ââ¬Åmistakesââ¬Â (see the brackets): using BitKeeper to manage the kernel, not allowing ââ¬Åpluggableââ¬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


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