Subject: Re: The Essay is Done.
From: "Eric S. Raymond" <>
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 1999 11:39:37 -0400

Jacques Chester <>:
> It's over. I've finally done it.

I'm disappointed in what I see here.  You asked me to review the draft,
and I did, and I sent you this:

I'm not familiar enough with the technical literature on LODR to form
a firm judgement on whether Brooks's Law is equivalent to LODR.  My
gut reaction is one of skepticism.

I also want to point out that I do not assert anywhere in my writings
that open-source development is immune to LODR -- for the very good reason
that I would coinsider any such claim patently ridiculous!

I'll put the case more positively.  I strongly suspect the following things:

1. Bazaar-mode development *is* susceptible to LODR effects, but (in your
   own words) "happens to be far more 'scaleable' than the traditional
   cathedral".  This, in fact, is almost exactly how I would have phrased
   my own answer if the question had come up before.

2. Brooks's Law is not precisely *equivalent* to LODR, but is rather a special
   case of it involving *particular* nonlinear scaling phenomena.  Accordingly,
   one may assert that the bazaar mode repeals Brooks's Law without making
   any commitment about the applicability of the LODR in general.

Did you just ignore this?  I see no integration of it anywhere in your essay.
		<a href="Eric">">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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