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How efficient is open source development?

Mark Shuttleworth, who probably knows more about open source development than most, on the open source development process:

“There is a myth that being open is necessarily more efficient and cheaper, but there are no hordes of people showing up to do the hard stuff,” Shuttleworth says. “Occasionally wonderful, magical things happen — really incredible things do happen, like people show up unexpectedly with brilliant ideas — but it’s still hard and expensive and you still have to be willing to do all the hard and expensive things and do it in an open fashion. And you’re still likely to be accused of being open only when it’s convenient.”

Eric S Raymond’s formulation of Linus’s law proves not to be true. Not so much a law, more a statement of desire, then.

[EDIT: Oh, I forgot to mention – this is the first post composed and sent from my iPad :) ]

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