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Linux at 25: Why It Flourished While Others Fizzled

Still, the size and efficiency of Torvalds’s following greatly exceeded anything that had come before. Within a few years, Torvalds had built a burgeoning, loosely organized community in which releasing code early and often, and relying on others to spot and fix bugs, became the means to quick improvement. By early 1994, insiders were commenting on the phenomenon. For example, Robert Young, a founder of the open-source software company Red Hat , wrote in the magazine Linux Journal , “The number and frequency of new releases of Linux, and drivers and utilities, are amazing to anyone familiar with traditional Unix development cycles.” Such rapid innovation far outpaced what most other software projects could manage with their centralized control. It wasn’t until 1997, when Eric S. Raymond wrote an essay (later turned into a book) titled “The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings...

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