Subject: Re: Open letter to those who believe in a right to free software
From: Jean Camp <>
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 1999 02:21:52 -0500

At 11:58 AM -0500 11/3/99, wrote:
>Bernard Lang wrote:
>[about my report on how math works]
>> Nice field observation report ...
>> Now, what do you deduce from it ?
>>   (assuming accuracy and generality)
>You mean what lessons should we draw from it?  The biggest
>ones have to do with the importance of keeping lines of
>communication open between different groups if progress is
>going to happen.  The importance of this improves if your
>endeavor (like with free software) is using a distributed
>development model.

I would recommend the column by Stephen J Gould in this month's Science
magazine as a discussion of this general problem across the sciences.  It
is a moment's read and very passionate about failure in the community of