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Open source values: Consensus

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Last week I wrote about transparency as an open source value. Today, in the second of this informal series, I want to discuss the value called consensus.

Consensus is an essential open source value, and a value which distinguishes open source from the proprietary models which came before it.

Every successful open source project I know operates through consensus. Orders aren’t given, instructions are worked out. Raised voices, fists hammered on tables, these lead to code forks, and to volunteers abandoning a project.

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