The Cathedral and the Bazaar

December 8, 2008

A quite long chapter, this includes the following:

The Cathedral and the Bazaar
The Mail Must Get Through
The Importance of Having Users
Release Early, Release Often
How Many Eyeballs Tame Complexity
When Is a Rose Not a Rose?
Popclient becomes Fetchmail
Fetchmail Grows Up
A Few More Lessons from Fetchmail
Necessary Preconditions for the Bazaar Style
The Social Context of Open-Source Software
On Management and the Maginot Line
Epilog: Netscape Embraces the Bazaar

The Cathedral & the Bazaar is a must for anyone who cares about the future of the computer industry or the dynamics of the information economy. His works include source developments in 1999 and 2000. Interesting because the author’s clear and effective writing style accurately described the benefits of open source software that has been key to their success.

The hacker culture is now defined by shared work and play focused around central artifacts. Some of these artifacts are very large; the Internet itself, the World Wide Web, the GNU project, and the Linux operating system are all hacker creations, works of which the culture considers itself primary custodian.

These sorts of cultures were commonly found at academic settings such as college campuses. hey evolved in parallel, and largely unconsciously, until the Internet and other developments such as the rise of the free software movement drew together a critically large population and encouraged the spread of a conscious and common.

It’s good to know that even college students are getting fascinated with these ‘hacking’ experiences. Indeed, fresh minds would always gets the best imagination in the world.


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