21 September 2006

Opening Up Open Source

We know it works, and we know why it works, but somebody would like to know exactly how and why it works:

A group of UC Davis researchers has just received a three-year, $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to study how open source software such as the Apache Web server is built.


The researchers will focus on the Apache Web server, the PostgreSQL database and the Python scripting language. They will collect information from the message boards, bug reports and e-mail discussions to understand how design teams organize themselves and interact.

Am I the only one who finds it slightly ironic that $750,000 is being spent to write some papers about something that is written for nothing? (Via LXer.)


Anonymous said...

well if they mean the code structure - that's what the sourcecode is for, right?

if they mean the philosophy - cathedral and the bazaar is the thing to read.

waste of money imho.

Glyn Moody said...

I fear it's the latter.