"bazaar" model for Debian software development
John W. Eaton <email@example.com> (the maintainer of Octave) has
pointed out a very interesting document by Eric S. Raymond:
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
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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