Open Source leader? (was Re: Celebrity advice)

Geoff Gerrietts geoff at
Wed Sep 3 00:27:57 CEST 2003

Quoting John J. Lee (jjl at
> aahz at (Aahz) writes:
> > In article <Kv-cnVDMbb1qmdOiRTvUqg at>,
> [...]
> > OTOH, Perens is also (like me ;-) a self-described asshole.  When I saw
> > him at the Waterside Conference earlier this year, he basically claimed
> > that only assholes could make significant progress in the Open Source
> > community.
> [...]
> Why?

I think the sentiment is just a variant on the "politicians always
lie" theme. Open source is socio-political, and so it's the
charismatics that succeed. "Asshole" is one manifestation of a strong


Geoff Gerrietts <geoff at gerrietts dot net>
 "Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the 
          systematic organization of hatreds." --Henry Adams

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