In the midst of researching communitity and open source issues for a paper I'm writing as part of my master's degree program, today I stumbled upon an interetesting journal article at firstmonday.dk, which "discusses five fundamental problems with the current Open Source software development trend, explores why these issues are holding the movement back, and offers solutions that might help overcome these problems."
I wonder what open source developers think of the article's claims:
* The lack of focus on user interface design causes users to prefer proprietary softwareâs more intuitive interface.
* Open Source software tends to lack the complete and accessible documentation that retains users.
* Developers focus on features in their software, rather than ensuring that they have a solid core.
* Open Source programmers also tend to program with themselves as an intended audience, rather than the general public.
* Lastly, there is a widely known stubbornness by Open Source programmers in refusing to learn from what lessons proprietary software has to offer.
Some intriguing claims. Are any of 'em on target? Perhaps it's true that open source developers aren't perfect ...
Speaking of imperfect developers, check out Software developer named co-conspirator in bomb plot.
I hope next week's news is a bit more positive for open source -- and for software developers in general.