Cost of Linux, one billion dollars of free beer.
I love the articles here, Joel definitely has the gift of a great writing style. My partners and I especially liked the article on commoditization. The past article on software estimation inspired us to implement better estimate methods, even in our small organization. I found this article this morning, and thought it might find an appropriate audience here.
Lines of code counters are about as useful as any other type of bean counters.
Anybody have direct information on the developer output model he's using here? He references some documents that are offline content. I'm interested in what he considers the average sloc of each coder in his little experiment.
LOC counters only impress management types. Which in exchange are oftenly "turned on" by size and complexity. There's no better way of striking a manager's ego than to say: We are building the largest and most complicated system in our market.
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