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ryan writes "It's an idea that is as old as the hills: perhaps the best government is one led by a benevolent dictator. Of course when the dictator becomes or is succeed by someone less benevolent this it's obvious this a bad solution for countries. In the free software world there are many so-called Benevolent Dicators for Life, often leading the most successful projects like the Linux kernel, the Perl language, and the Ubuntu distribution just to name a few. Since the enforced sharing from free software licenses means less problems with succession compared with nations, could it be that these Benevolent Dictators for Life represent a better system for free software project governance than a more democratic one?"