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Open Source Coming of Age

I found this perspective very interesting. It’s called “Lack of testing ‘threatening stability of Linux.'”

We have been seeing a lot of things like this, where people identify that how we do open source needs some re-thinking. There have been others declaring that we need to deal with the association of open source to “free” (in the sense of “free beer”). As open source comes of age and gets put to increasingly higher-end use, we can expect a lot more of this kind of dialog. It’s healthy. We need to embrace it.


2 Responses

  1. Hey, Ted- I was at the speech covered by this article, and amusingly, I think the main thrust may have lost something in translation. The main point was not that open source is doing something wrong or something that needs to be re-evaluated, but rather that the traditional automated test tools used by OSDL to test the kernel are insufficient, and that to make up for that, more widespread community testing (more, and better tracked, not really different) is necessary. Needless to say, it was an interesting talk for me, since it made interesting points about bugzilla, my baby. But you’re right in general- just not in this specific case 🙂

  2. Luis:
    Interesting that the article got bent away from the speaker’s original thought. Then I come along and bend it further…
    Still, I’m right in general. 🙂

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