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From "Ron O'Hara" <r...@pen.sentuny.com.au>
Subject Re: add to in_the_news?
Date Fri, 23 Jan 1998 21:16:23 GMT


On Fri, 23 Jan 1998, Marc Slemko wrote:

> On Fri, 23 Jan 1998, Manoj Kasichainula wrote:
> 
> > On Thu, Jan 22, 1998 at 05:17:10PM -0800, Brian Behlendorf wrote:
> > > 
[chop]
> > 
> > http://headlines.yahoo.com/zdnews/stories/885575313.html
> > 
> > The relevant quote:
> > 
> > "Take a look at how successful Apache [is] based on an army of unpaid
> > developers. Netscape will tap into that same army," Smith said.  "This
> > potentially can negate Microsoft's tremendous resource advantage. That
> > was a brilliant strategic move." 
> 
> I must be missing this army wherever it is.
> 
> Apache has a tiny number of active developers for the number of users.
> 

But a very talented and focused 'tiny number', with a much larger and also
talented 'peer review' group. The result is excellence that is almost
impossible to duplicate within a traditional corporate structure.

Have a look at  http://www.ccil.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-paper.html

Ron


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