Revenge of the Hackers

December 9, 2008
Revenge of the Hackers
Beyond Brooks’s Law
Memes and Mythmaking
The Road to Mountain View
The Origins of `Open Source’
1. Forget Bottom-Up; Work on Top-Down
2. Linux is Our Best Demonstration Case
3. Capture the Fortune 500
4. Co-opt the Prestige Media that Serve the Fortune 500
5. Educate Hackers in Guerrilla Marketing Tactics
6. Use the Open Source Certification Mark to Keep Things Pure
The Accidental Revolutionary
Phases of the Campaign
The Facts on the Ground
Into the Future

In this chapter, the author explained his thoughts how hackers able to put back things they have started – making a statement that hackers are back to take revenge. I also learned something about Brook’s Law.

Brook’s Law is a principle in software development which says that “adding manpower to a late software project makes it later”. This is how Open source came to be. Projects can be brought back into control if people are added earlier in the process. It’s also important to determine if the project is really late, or if the schedule was originally overly optimistic. Scheduling mistakes account for a large number of late projects. Correcting the schedule is the best way to have a meaningful and reliable time frame for the project’s completion. It have been a drought for hackers and yet, they stood still.

I also realize that communication is important n this hacker culture. Because of effective communication, they were able to develop strategies so that Open Source would once more dignified itself from the world of Internet.


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