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Did witchcraft die out? If witchcraft is the opposite of science, consider
how many schools in the U.S. insist that the biblical account of man's
origin be taught in lieu of, or along side of, the theory of evolution. To
me, the analogy promises Microsoft a long and fruitful life.
// Gregory Murphy. Isopaleocopria.
On Thu, 19 Aug 2004, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> Gotta pass this one on. It goes to the heart of the matter.
> >From Linus the Learned:
> "I think, fundamentally, open source does tend to be more stable software.
> It's the right way to do things. I compare it to science vs. witchcraft. In
> science, the whole system builds on people looking at other people's results
> and building on top of them. In witchcraft, somebody had a small secret and
> guarded it -- but never allowed others to really understand it and build on
> Traditional software is like witchcraft. In history, witchcraft just died
> out. The same will happen in software. When problems get serious enough, you
> can't have one person or one company guarding their secrets. You have to
> have everybody share in knowledge."