19 years later, The Cathedral and the Bazaar still moves us

Bryan Behrenshausen with a wonderful reflection on Eric Raymond’s The Cathedral and the Bazaar:

The Cathedral and the Bazaar spins a compelling vision for the role upstart hackers will play in a world that may once have shunned—but now desperately needs—them. Its faith in a problem-solving multitude able to outperform and outmaneuver slow and oppressive structures (both material and ideological) is stirring. And its depiction of a world teeming with loosely-linked nodes of creativity drawn together through the joint work of architecting the future still resonates, as hackers solemnly exchange their dogeared copies of the book that speaks to them. The Cathedral and the Bazaar is a cultural artifact more than anything else, something a group uses, as Raymond puts it, “to explain itself to itself.”

19 years later, The Cathedral and the Bazaar still moves us