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The Linux Development Community

Because the source code is available to anyone who wants it, many many programmers have examined the source, and thousands have been interested enough to contribute bugfixes, improvements, new features, and more.

A very popular description of the open-source development model can be found in Eric Raymond's paper, The Cathedral And The Bazaar. This compares and contrasts the traditional, closed-source development model with the open-source means of development.

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