Quote of the day

Posted by Nick Sieger Wed, 26 Apr 2006 18:39:00 GMT

Just stumbled upon this interview with Bill Joy from a couple years ago and it’s full of quotables. This one caught my eye:

What about the open source idea in general?

Open source is fine, but it doesn’t take a worldwide community to create a great operating system. Look at Ken Thompson creating Unix, Stephen Wolfram writing Mathematica in a summer, James Gosling in his office making Java. Now, there’s nothing wrong with letting other people help, but open source doesn’t assist the initial creative act. What we need now are great things. I don’t need to see the source code. I just want a system that works.

It’s a good reminder that just because something is “open source” that doesn’t make it a great idea. Brilliant ideas are created in the minds of a few -- the wisdom of the crowds usually just ends up diluting a good idea.

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