Cathedrals, Bazaars and Advocates
In “The Cathedral and The Bazaar” Eric S. Raymond tried to convince the world that the open source development model (the bazaar) was better and cheaper than the traditional -closed- model (the cathedral). Of course this it utter nonsense. When I think of a bazaar I remember the soukh of Marrakech or Casablanca. Narrow, dark corridors and small streets filled with dozens of merchants, pulling your sleeves, yelling at you and offering the same merchandise as their fellows.
Now, cathedrals are a different story. Yes, they were erected by exploiting poor farmers, who were squashed by a corrupt political and religious system which did not hesitate to call in the help of the inquisition to silence any sign of protest. But who remembers that when you walk through the front gate. “Wow!” is a most common exclamation. See, the guys from Microsoft understand that.