Subject: Re: New ESR paper: The Magic Cauldron
From: Russell Nelson <>
Date: Sat, 26 Jun 1999 09:29:59 -0400 (EDT)

Stephen J. Turnbull writes:
 > If you take the "all bugs are shallow with enough eyeballs" argument
 > seriously, it leads to the conclusion that bugfixing and feature
 > provision should be increasing returns to scale in user population.
 > Now, it is true that with "easy" bugs and features, congestion and
 > coordination problems will quickly lead to decreasing returns (pace,
 > Steve McConnell).

You're presuming the absence of a Linus Torvalds to say "We have
enough kernel hackers.  Go hack Gnome."  You're further presuming that 
the feedback from the c & c problems won't be noticed.

-russ nelson <>
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