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Open Source Projects and the Meritocracy Myth

Questionable Assumptions

  • December 2, 2009
  • By Bruce Byfield

"This is not a democracy, it's a meritocracy."

The statement comes from the Ubuntu Governance page, but you can find similar statements in the Fedora Release Notes, the Why Debian For Developers page, and just about anywhere else were free and open source software (FOSS) projects discuss their core values.

Clearly, meritocracy is one of the myths that the FOSS community tells itself. By "myth," I do not mean that the claim is a lie...

Read the rest at Datamation.

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