Last week I drew up some visual notes for the seminal article on openness:Cathedral & the Bazaar.
cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by giulia.forsythe
After reading some really thoughtful posts by Ken Romeo, Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein, I can’t help but wonder if the Sakai Foundation has taken too much of its process from the Cathedral style of development and not enough from the Bazaar?
As the first commenter, Bruce states:
Organization and labor. No real developer community; only paid developers. That’s not sustainable.
I think the lessons we are to take from the open source movement which seems to have failed in the translation for community source are:
- lose the ego (let everybody in)
- release early, release often
- harness the brainpower of many
- listen to the users
- with enough eyeballs, all bugs are shallow
- be ready to throw it all out and start again
Once the development team cloistered itself away from the general public and stopped sharing honestly the state of OAE in general, the project went south.
I love the idea of using and supporting a community source learning management system at my institution but if it’s only partially open, then how is it any better than any other LMS?