More on Definitions of Open Source

This is in a similar vein to the story about the debate between tarus at OpenNMS and Doug at Hyperic that I talked about on the last podcast. However, the distinction seems to be that in this piece, the value of open source is equated with the core development team, irrespective of the community around them. I think that is a subtlety that tarus, and others who speak about community, miss. Namely that successful projects have a kernel of one or a few people around which the community gels.

I still disagree that either the core team or the community have anything to do with the open nature of any particular project. However, typical open sources projects use very transparent tools for collaboration, so I think these discussions of teams and communities stem from that higher visibility than is typical for a comparable commercial project.

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