13 May 2008 nuncanada   » (Journeyer)

A new world for open source is blooming!

Almost everyone is unaware but the seeds of change have been planted! To a better open source community we are going to!
Open Source is a lot of times regarded as an example of Meritocracy in action, but if you read Amartya Sen's article about Meritocracy, you will recognize that most of Open Source projects fit more in his description of a 'static' meritocracy than a 'dynamic' one (my words to resume his thoughts), and Sen shows how what should be regarded as a real meritocracy is the dynamic qualities.
To our rescue comes the knight in his shinning armor, not other than the famous Linus Torvalds! I guess most readers think i am crazy by now, but keep up and maybe it will make sense.
DVCS have been around longer than git but not only by creating a functional open source DVCS, but by evangelizing the benefits of a distributed system he has planted the seeds that will change the future (interestingly for all the democracy and meritocracy fanatics, this necessity came from a "dictatorship").
And GitHub is sign of the changes to come, once oss developers start to rethink forking not as deviating from the community but as a common fact of producing software, the whole community structure will change!
No longer the "core group" will have the overwhelming power, nor will it matter much, probably such a notion will end up existing mostly. We will have the real possibility for the community to choose what to follow from whom, github is a start in that direction.
I am waiting anxiously for the future, a dynamicly meritocratic one for OSS.

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