“Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.”

The Cathedal and the Bazaar

Angela Monet once wrote, “Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music“. Upon reading and interpreting Eric Raymond’s short reflection of the grand-scale forte of which has become the beautifully bloomed open source software community, I can identity the aspects and key components for which success has been catalyzed from, specifically in the GNU/Linux realm.

The GNU/Linux community is bound by a majestic mesh of fibers that provides the rhythm for the music. Metaphorically speaking, I use the word music to describe an array of unique fibers which, when meshed together, provide the brilliance of grand-scale orchestra. Passion, drive, desire, distribution of knowledge/information and the common goal, provide the synergy needed for such a world wide produced product like GNU/Linux and all its flavors. Understandably, this is one part of a duet that fits into a grand-scale piece; the other being the brilliance of its developers and open transparency/communication with the associated community. In essence it is the yin and the yang, two sides of a coin to perform the perfect rhythm and beat in a song or duet.

What good is a song without rhythm; a song without a beat and a community without passion, drive, a distribution of knowledge and information, and lastly a common goal? These aspects provide the majestic fibres that push a community to success, that build a song, an overture of grand-scale. I say majesic because it is truly magical that people around the world are working globally on a product that is made by the people, for the people. One does not have to look too far; Ubuntu community to see the passion that exists in creating an operating system that everyone can use. As of this writing, the Ubuntu Forums have 884 thousand threads with 655 thousand members each contributing to the community.

I agree with Monet’s quote. Those who dance, may dance all to their desire yet wont have the rhythm and beat if no music is heard.

– Aaron

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