= B =
In 1997, after meditating on the success
of Linux for three years, the Jargon File's own editor ESR
wrote an analytical paper on hacker culture and development models
titled The Cathedral and the Bazaar. The main argument of the paper was
that Brooks's Law is not the whole story; given the right
social machinery, debugging can be efficiently parallelized across
large numbers of programmers. The title metaphor caught on (see
also cathedral), and the style of development typical in the
Linux community is now often referred to as the bazaar mode. Its
characteristics include releasing code early and often, and
actively seeking the largest possible pool of peer reviewers. After
1998, the evident success of this way of doing things became one
of the strongest arguments for open source.
--The Jargon File version 4.3.1, ed. ESR, autonoded by rescdsk.