Re: A cautionary note on open-source development

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sun Mar 13 2005 - 02:16:18 CST

Volunteer scrutiny is a lot easier to achieve than volunteer
development. In fact, simply being open for scrutiny is itself
somewhat of a check on the development process, independent of
exactly how much scrutiny actually materializes.

There is also the potential that such scrutiny will be provided by
closed-source vendors who want to discredit the open source system,
although they are more likely to disclose potential problems right
before an election rather than early enough to fix before one. The
potential for such a bombshell imposes quite a burden on the software
development and testing process.

Best regards,

At 9:17 PM -0800 3/12/05, Ron Crane wrote:
>Yes, strictly speaking. But proper public review of OVC's software
>(and any hardware upon which it runs) will require volunteer
>participation, so it's not entirely off the mark.
>On Mar 12, 2005, at 4:15 PM, Arthur Keller wrote:
>>Isn't that really a cautionary tale on *volunteer* development, not
>>*open source* development?
>>Best regards,
>>At 4:08 PM -0800 3/12/05, Ron Crane wrote:
>>>This was blogged by one of the core reviewers of Firefox:
>>>"This is bugging me, and its been bugging me for a while. In
>>>nearly three years, we haven't built up a community of hackers
>>>around Firefox, for a myriad of reasons, and now I think we're in
>>>trouble. Of the six people who can actually review in Firefox,
>>>four are AWOL, and one doesn't do a lot of reviews....
>>>continued at .
>>>The Mozilla Foundation and associated groups are open source
>>>pioneers. It's worth seeing what they have to teach.

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