Glyn Moody takes Dave Weinberger's Harvard Business Review article on the difficulties singular organizations have with scale and runs with it, arguing:It is deeply ironic that once upon a time Linux - and Linus - was taxed with an inability to scale. Today, though, when Linux is running everything from most of the world's supercomputers to the new class of sub-laptops like the Asus EEE PC and increasing numbers of mobile phones, it is Microsoft that finds itself unable to scale its development methodology to handle this range. Indeed, it can't even produce a decent desktop system, as the whole Vista fiasco demonstrates.
This flies in the face of Jaron Lanier's ill-advised attempt to discredit open source as an innovative force. As with so many, Lanier completely botches his understanding of open source, which is surprising since he should understand it well. What Lanier fails to recognize is that the "source" part of the equation doesn't change with open or proprietary source - not the initial seed, anyway. It's what happens afterwards that matters.
Hence, Lanier can write:… Read more