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Open Source Considered Harmful

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Maybe it is just me but gosh, the unrelenting rate of change, of the rate of change, in IT is becoming brain frazzling. As soon as I think I have a handle on where things are currently at, along comes some new complex twist; some new turn; some new innovation that threatens to take the status quo and put it through the wood chipper.

I blame the open source phenomenon for that. Now I am using the word "blame" with a great big grin on my face. We are working here in a textual medium so please just picture that in your mind. I am a huge fan of open source but, like any true love, mine is unconditional. I see the faults, but love regardless.

Here is the main "fault" I'm thinking about. The concept of open source and the concept of social software development are closely interlinked. The internet is the communication substrate without which, the open source world could not function effectively. For open source to work, it has to be drop dead easy to consume and to produce. It has to be drop dead easy to communicate: consumer to consumer, consumer to producer, producer to consumer and producer to producer.

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