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From Louis Suárez-Potts <>
Subject Re: Process over Ego [Was: Re: Incubator report sign-off
Date Tue, 30 Dec 2014 03:08:46 GMT

> On 29 Dec 2014, at 18:54, Stian Soiland-Reyes <> wrote:
> But a move of reporting-to authority does not have to change any of
> that, does it?

Depends on how much of an anarchist one is :-) and what is meant by authority, too, I suppose.

But, to answer the question, I would say, no: it does not. Authority that is vested with the
power to execute decisions is needed, at least if one is to engage in any kind commerce. Indeed,
I’ve long counselled open source groups to form effectively corporate structures with authority
characteristics resembling those familiar to the purchasers of proprietary software. A company
(public or private sector) that’s always bought from a big single vendor has been shaped
by this historical practice and cannot easily change, no matter how free & even good the
alternative is. Too much is at stake and there is too much momentum—too many involved.

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