Thursday, February 12, 2009

Community involvement is not open source

The NY times has an entry on "open source game design". I'm not sure if the title of this entry is a simple misunderstanding of what open source means. However, the title is misleading. Open source, in the context of software development means code. Thousands and thousands of lines of code. I could not find a single mention of source code in the article.

Open source software is really gaining a lot of traction. Maybe this is why several people who wouldn't otherwise care are talking about it. But titles like the mentioned NY times entry worry me when it comes to people who are new to open source and genuinely interested in what it is and how it works.

The community surrounding projects plays a huge role. The community, in several cases, could even be more important than the code itself. However, the code is available in open. The case mentioned in the NY times entry is not.