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"bazaar" model for Debian software development



John W. Eaton <jwe@bevo.che.wisc.edu> (the maintainer of Octave) has
pointed out a very interesting document by Eric S. Raymond:

        http://www.ccil.org/~esr/writings/cathedral.html

It discusses two models for software development.  One is the standard
method of "test thoroughly, and release infrequently", which he likens
to a cathedral.  The other is "release often and cultivate a beta test
community" approach use for the Linux kernel, which he likens to a
bazaar.  He make a pursuasive argument that the latter is much more
effective.  For example, he observes that "debugging is
parallelizable".

Debian Linux has several "bazaar" characteristics, particularly its
open bug reporting system.  I recommend that all Debian developers
read the above document for ideas.

                                 - Jim Van Zandt


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