The So-Called 'Incompleteness' Theory Of Open Source
Sourceforge.net, the premier repository for open-source software, has more than 160,000 projects registered. Many of them will never reach the 1.0 revision marker. But is that really a bad thing?
Here's how the argument is typically phrased: Look at the sheer number of open source projects that spring up, engender a flurry of activity, then die off. Doesn't that say something about open source as a development philosophy? I've heard variations on this argument for a long time, and at first I thought there was something to it. Then common sense asserted itself.
Well, here's my answer, admittedly a tad snotty: