working around the world

Nelson Minar (
Mon, 28 Sep 1998 15:41:44 -0400

One thing people talk about being wonderful about open source projects
is that the developers are working all around the world, 24 hours a
day. Folks in North American go to sleep just when Asia is waking up,
then they go to sleep and Europe is awake. So code gets checked in,
circling around the globe. Amy Harmon makes the point today in her
quite-good NYT article about Linux and GNOME, for instance.

Has anyone ever written something deep about this phenomenon? I know
I've heard of it in connection to outsourcing semi-skilled information
industry stuff, like taking phone orders or doing front-line tech
support. Anywhere else?

Hacking things through a mutual CVS is great fun.