Free and open-source software is not an emerging property but rather the result of studied design
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Free and open-source software is not an emerging property but rather the result of studied design argues that free and open source software (FOSS) is not developed by a collaborative effort without supervising leadership and top-down coordination.
Among his points are that
- six in every seven Linux kernel developer is employed and
- that a large part of the Linux kernel is developed by relatively few persons.
- There is a distinction between "benevolent dictator", "co-developer" and "ordinary contributors".
- He regards software development is a tightly-coupled system requiring coherence more than editing on Wikipedia a loosely-coupled system. Missing or incorrect information in one part of the system (in Wikipedia a missing article) may not compromise the rest of the system.
On FOSS motivations he lists:
- Willingnes to participate in an attractive and important challenge
- Developer name will appear on the list of software
- Genuine sense of sharing and participating
- Homo ludens payoffs
- An urge to contrast dominant players