an interesting comparison of the open source development process and guerilla warfare

Shawn McMahon smcmahon at
Fri Aug 12 10:06:55 CDT 2005

On Fri, Aug 12, 2005 at 05:29:29AM -0400, Ed Cogburn said:
> In one of the articles they even go on to contradict themselves when they
> talk about independent groups sharing information without even "liking" one
> another.  I'd argue that has nothing to do with OS development at all, as
> OS is generally a collaborative, but decentralized, operation.  The vast
> majority of OS Devs don't have a problem with one another, and are largely
> like-minded.  What I do believe is that the successful "tactics" mentioned

You're interpreting "liking" too narrowly.  Linux and the BSDs freely
borrow ideas from each other, despite a fundamental disagreement on
licensing.  Neither adopts the other's license strategy because they
don't "like" it.

However, if you really want that narrow interpretation, lots of people
use OpenSSH on their Linux systems and still don't think highly of Theo
as a person.  I'm sure it wouldn't be hard to come up with a similar
example of a developer on a BSD system using something he got from
Linux, but not liking Linus personally.  Then there's all the things
GNOME does because Windows did something similar and it worked; those
folks don't necessarily hate Bill Gates, but they don't have posters of
him on their walls.

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