Some Implications of Bazaar SizeThird Draft. Aug 11, 1998
Copyright 1997-1998, Forrest J. Cavalier, III Mib Software
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Actually, as I revise in late May 1997 the list is beginning to lose members for an interesting reason. Several people have asked me to unsubscribe them because fetchmail is working so well for them that they no longer need to see the list traffic! Perhaps this is part of the normal life-cycle of a mature bazaar-style project.
"In practice, the theoretical loss of efficiency due to duplication of work by debuggers almost never seems to be an issue in the Linux world. One effect of a ``release early and often policy'' is to minimize such duplication by propagating fed-back fixes quickly."Perhaps releasing defect fixes often but releasing new features less often is a good strategy. This is in fact how many open development projects work. Defect fixes are often available as "patches" or "minor version number upgrades."