Article: Powers and repositories
mdke at ubuntu.com
Tue Jan 30 08:32:53 GMT 2007
On Tue, 2007-01-30 at 09:18 +0100, Christian Jensen wrote:
> I guess this is more or less ready for The Fridge:
Although most fridge editors follow sounder, it's better to send your
fridge submissions to fridge-devel at lists.ubuntu.com (cc:ed).
I'm leaving the rest of your email copied below for that purpose.
> "This paper deals with the authority and power of software repositories,
> especially Launchpad and Rosetta, the repositories that contains the
> source code and translations of Ubuntu. It does this by extending some
> of sociologist Max Weber's notions of authority. Weber's idea of
> “charismatic authority” is well known to many free software developers,
> and to those who comment upon and study this phenomenon. The informal,
> personally achieved authority of the charismatic leader, like that of
> Linus Torvalds, has been well known since Eric Raymond wrote his papers
> The Cathedral and the Bazaar
> <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Cathedral_and_the_Bazaar> *^1
> <#sdfootnote1sym>* and Homesteading the Noosphere
> <#sdfootnote2sym>* Eric Raymond's message is substantiated by a detailed
> empirical account and states that Free software projects stick together,
> rather than to fork, pretty much because this authority is respected.
> Raymond has made some very fine observations.*^3 <#sdfootnote3sym>* But
> they are not enough. In the project that this paper is part of, the
> focus is on the two other, well known authorities of Weber, the
> /traditional/ and the /bureaucratic-rational /one.
> The basic idea of this paper-to-be is that repositories are traditional
> and bureaucratic-rational authorities, and that they do important
> coordination and integration work in free software-projects. As long,
> that is, as they are respected by their users."
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