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The Cathedral and the Bazar

Before Linux, most experts thought that software, beyond a significant size, could only be built as cathedrals, that is designed by a few experts, et with a strict hierarchy (pyramidal structure). The development of Linux is open to everybody, and looks like a bazar (networked structure).

The success of Linux surprised Eric S. Raymond. The Cathedral and the Bazar analyses what he has learnt from Linux in the practice of the management of the Free software project fetchmail. Some of his conclusions are technical. Here are a few others:

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