Bruce Perens

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Bruce Perens in 2009

Bruce Perens (born Oct 24, 1957) is an American computer programmer and advocate in the free software movement. He created The Open Source Definition and published the first formal announcement and manifesto of open source. He co-founded the Open Source Initiative (OSI) with Eric S. Raymond.


  • It [Open Source] is a massively parallel drunkards' walk filtered by a Darwinian process.
  • It used to be that, when something strange happened, we'd hear on the news "Police believe this is the act of an isolated nut." On the internet there are no isolated nuts; whatever kind of nut you are, you can find fifty nuts in the world exactly like you.

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