Subject: Re: New ESR paper: The Magic Cauldron
From: "Eric S. Raymond" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Jun 1999 23:19:07 -0400

Ian Lance Taylor <>:
>        Ian> He adopts some ideas I first saw clearly expressed in Neal
>        Ian> Stephenson's In the Beginning paper about software following
>        Ian> a natural evolution from application to infrastructure.
>    URL?

Terrific essay.  But tMC was already close to complete when I first read it.
I did notice some parallelism in ideas, but barely gave that a thought.  It's
*time* for these concepts; any halfway intelligent observer would have to 
work hard not to invent them.
		<a href="Eric">">Eric S. Raymond</a>

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