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In his essay The Cathedral and the Bazaar Eric Raymond says Perhaps in the end the open-source culture will triumph not because cooperation is morally right or software hoarding is morally wrongbut simply because the closed-source world cannot win an evolutionary arms race with open-source communities that can put orders of magnitude more skilled time into a problem Probably the best way to begin is by giving a little background into the man who wrote this quote While researching this paper the following quote was found It seems to describe Eric Raymond well Eric S Raymond is a wandering anthropologist and troublemaking philosopher who happened to be in the right place at the right time and has been wondering whether he should regret it ever since He has been involved with Internet and part of the hacker culture since the 1970s Several of his projects are now carried by all of the major Linux distributions This includes fetchmail and his contribution to GNU emacs Also his essay The Cathedral and the Bazaar is considered to be the catalyst that lead to Netscape opening up its browsers source code In some ways the first half of the opening quote is rather meaningless It seems unfathomable that anyone could dispute the fact that the more people you have working on a problem the quicker it will get fixed If a company such as Microsoft could have 5000 employees working on the same problem at the same time we would likely never see buggy software come out the door again At the same time one has to argue whether open source OS model is one that can be profitable The software industry is a profit driven industry so it is debatable that sharing on such a high level is beneficial for any industry that is driven by profit However large organizations are beginning to embrace the OS movement
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