writes "This week marks the 10th anniversary of the Open Source Initiative.
Over at O'Reilly's ONLamp site, Federico Biancuzzi
(who frequently interviews notables in the Open Source community for O'Reilly) has
of interviews with some of the founders of the OSI, including Bruce Perens and Eric Raymond.
Eric Raymond: There is a pattern that one sees over and over again in failed political and religious reform movements. A charismatic founder launches the movement, attracts followers, and enjoys significant successes; then he dies or leaves or attempts to name a successor, and the movement disintegrates rapidly.
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One of the classic, much-studied cases is that of John Humphrey Noyes and the Oneida Community, 1848-1881. It was especially clear in that case that its succession crisis and eventual collapse was due to over-reliance on Noyes's personal leadership. At the time I co-founded OSI in 1998 I judged that FSF would very likely undergo a similar crackup if it lost RMS, and was determined to avoid that if possible for OSI.