the main problem of open source

Stephen R Laniel steve at
Fri Jul 1 14:44:31 UTC 2005

On Fri, Jul 01, 2005 at 07:35:46PM +0500, Mustafa Abbasi wrote:
> read this
> News:
> 2003-06-22

If that is the main problem of open source, it has managed
to avoid doing very much damage to the movement in two
years. Indeed, Linksys routers are now built on Linux.

This is only the 'main problem of open source' if you
believe that open source, in the long run, will be based on
the efforts of hackers working in their garages. I don't
believe that's true in the least: large frameworks and
user-friendly interfaces will probably come from
corporations. Hackers are necessary, but they will not build
the software that everyone will use in 5 years. (GNOME,
Firefox, OpenOffice, AbiWord, F-Spot, the full suite of
GNOME apps, KDE, etc., etc. -- this is not the work of lone
hackers, romantic as that vision is.)

I'm not terribly worried.

Stephen R. Laniel
steve at
+(617) 308-5571
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