January 23, 2001

Reevaluating the nature of open source development

Author: JT Smith

From a column at LinuxPlanet: "So far the open source software adventure, which is still a young and charmingly precocious entity
as such things go, has seen no lack of attention paid to the mechanics of development. There's
endless talk about how open source projects work to pull together globally-diverse programmers,
mostly volunteers, into a distributed development effort ...
But there's a lot more to making software useful than the relatively simple act of creating it, of course.

Frankly, without a viable economic model for businesses that can step in and provide these parts of
the puzzle, open source is little more than hobbyware or tools for the most expert users and


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