The Cathedral and the Bazaar
Date: Tue, 15 Aug 2000 09:50:36 -0400 (EDT)
From: Jason Stajich
I read Eric Raymond's "The Cathedral and the Bazaar" which is just a
collection of his web musings. The essays are available online, but
the book is much easier to carry than printouts (and prettier).
Eric does a good job pointing out the strengths, methods, and
motivation for the open source movement. He helps categorize why
contributors toil over projects might not appeal to the masses and may
not even be seen (or appreciated) by folks other than sysadmins and
other hackers. He describes economic motivation for open-source even
for companies who make money writing software, and gives some insight
on the current releases of source code to netscape's browser and sun's
This is a good read for those who want to be involved in the
open-source movement or are just observing it with some reservations.
Those skeptical of the hacker mentality will have a hard time buying
all of Eric's proclamations, but there is a chance you'll be swayed.
For those hacker heads who are already heavily involved in open-source
projects you may find him telling you a lot of things you already know,
but a good read nonetheless.
Time-stamp: "2000-08-15 10:01:24 raleigh"