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Cathedral vs. Bazaar, and why Juniper chose to become the forerunner of open source networking initiatives

Cathedral vs. Bazaar, and why Juniper chose to become the forerunner of open source networking initiatives

cathedra_vs_bazaar.jpgTraditionally, sophisticated programs had always been “built like cathedrals, carefully crafted by individual wizards or small bands of mages working in splendid isolation.” An open source project, in contrast, was the product of a large and informal community of volunteers who in aggregate “seemed to resemble a great babbling bazaar of differing agendas and approaches. What was amazing was that the open source projects such as Linux not only didn’t fly apart in confusion but seemed to go from strength to strength at a speed barely imaginable to cathedral-builders.

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