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Linux and Decentralized Development

Christopher B. Browne, <>

January 15, 1998

This essay describes the facts and merits of the decentralized form of Linux development and support. It suggests some ways that the continued development and growth of Linux can be encouraged. In many ways, this is not a Linux-specific document; many of the principles could be applied equally well to other ``free'' software initiatives such as the BSDs. A particular ``agenda'' here is that I would like to see Linux users contributing financially to sponsor development projects for useful system components.

1. Motivation - Why is Centralization an Issue?

2. Organization Models in the Linux Community

3. Mandates and Purposes for Linux Foundations

4. In the Interim - Your Fair Share

5. Credits

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