A second look at the Cathedral and the Bazaar

Nikolai Bezroukov


This paper provides an overview of the weaknesses of Eric Raymond's (ESR) paper The Cathedral and the Bazaar (CatB) as well as the more coherent demonstration of the fact that the bazaar metaphor is internally contradictive. It is also to a certain extent a reaction to the publication of Eric Raymond's new book The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source by an Accidental Revolutionary (Sebastopol, Calif.: O'Reilly and Associates, 1999). In this paper a more objective picture of the status competition in the OSS environment is provided.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v4i12.708

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