Book - The Success of Open Source

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Discusses the main lessons learned from the book by the same name. Namely, the tools and conditions that created the stellar rise of Linux as the preferred operating system on earth:

  1. Online collaboration tools - mailing lists, followed by version tracking software
  2. Modular structure (even though Linux is a monolithic kernel)
  3. Corporate funding as soon as initial viable products started to come in
  4. Governance structures - who makes what decisions, has what rights, and responsibilities. Social contract?
  5. Bevy of capable, socially maladept white males who took self-fulfillment of a BHAG as a compelling call to action