There was a comment made a few days ago on the Scripting in a Box v0.0.1 weblog, that just didn’t sit right with me.
The comment stirred up in my mind, all the old questions, and arguments about the viability of OpenSource projects, and what makes OpenSource developers tick. Something, that seeing I’ve lived as an OpenSource Developer for 8 years now, I find just plain wrong that it is being discussed to the degree it is now (not just here, but in the IT industry at large).
Today, as I usually do, I got my bi-weekly/monthly SuitWatch news letter from Doc Searls. Todays edition pulled together a whole raft of salient points that sum up why OpenSource works, describing factors that I still see a lot of people in the Enterprise having trouble coming to terms with today.
The quote from Eric Raymond in particular:
The thing about the Internet is you can't coerce people over a T-1 line, so power relationships don't work... So the only game left to play is pure craftsmanship and reputation among peers. If you can offer people the chance to do good work and be seen doing good work by their peers, That's a really powerful motivator.
is a good one – there are plenty of others.
The news letter makes reference to a lot of worthwhile reading:
And here is the Wikipedia definition.