Open-Source Extremism, And How the OSI Can Help

Article Source The Open Road
July 14, 2009, 2:30 pm

One of the profound failings of the open-source movement is how insular it has allowed its ideology to be. While the commercialization of open source has necessarily forced a new dialectic into open source (one with many different shades and permutations), it’s amazing just how unyielding some opinions can be. While constancy is good, it can also be the “hobgoblin of mediocre minds” and reflects a somewhat stagnant discussion within the open-source development community.

It also reflects the theme of noted legal scholar Cass Sunstein’s new book, Going to Extremes: How Like Minds United and Divide, part of which is excerpted in The Spectator (“To become an extremist, hang around with people you agree with”)…

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