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The new struggles facing open source

Matt Asay | April 7, 2015
The religious wars have faded, as new conflicts around control, code ‘sharecropping,’ ‘fauxpen source,’ and n00b-sniping arise.

If you post to this list and your message is deemed off-topic or insufficiently researched, you *will* be chided, mocked, and denigrated. There *is* such a thing as a stupid question. If you don't read what's in front of you, if you ignore the list charter, or the text of the welcome message that is sent to every new subscriber, you will be publicly mocked and made unwelcome.

As one example, half of all contributors to the Linux kernel in the past year are new contributors. This same phenomenon is playing out across the industry, and "Newbies Not Welcome!" signs like Chu's aren't a great way to accommodate the influx of those who want to participate but don't yet know how.

Ultimately, open source isn't about code. It's about community, and as Bert Hubert suggests, "community is the best predictor of the future of a project." That community isn't fostered by jerk project leads or corporate overlords pretending to be friendly foundations. It's the heart of today's biggest challenges in open source -- as it was in the last decade.

 

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