Nick Copeland wrote:
IIUC true anarchists believe that we can only move forward by allowing
everyone the freedom to disagree. If everyone is free to disagree then
consensus can take a lot longer to be reached as everyone has to be
educated to the same or similar level about the topic of discussion.
One major issue with Linux and OSS development is that there are so many
people arguing, stepping on toes and egos that fragmentation is the only
way for many developers to move their ideas forward as it is the only
way they feel they can actually get anything done.
Funnily enough as the majority of developers are male and males
generally have difficulty communicating effectively it's kind of amazing
that Linux and OSS development has come as far as it has over the past
One of the more positive things I have noticed is that often fragmented
projects will cause lively competition with results being feedback into
each project. However it takes time for the results to be integrated.
One of the sadder things is that often fragmented projects will cause
the demise of thriving projects they come from or the new code will be
unwanted by the original project managers so the split will result in
both projects dying.
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