there's the second system effect and the mob of attention-deficit teenagers.Perhaps Linux development breaks another of Brooks's laws: Adding manpower to a late software project makes it later.
Brooks assumed that new developers would negatively impact existing developers' productivity. I don't think that applies when the pool of potential Linux developers working is (practically) infinite. There is little cost to Linus/Linux if dozens of autonomous developers are all writing their own Linux process schedulers.
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