Published on August 19th, 2015 | by bitcoin0
Bitcoin and the Genius of Open Source Platforms
This is quite common in the world of open source software—a world that now drives so much of the technology we use every day.
Open source code is built on consensus, and sometimes, if coders feel a consensus can’t be reached, they fork.
Bitcoin XT exposes the extremely social—extremely democratic—underpinnings of the open source idea, an approach that makes open source so much more powerful than technology controlled by any one person or organization.
A bitcoin uses by many people is more powerful than a bitcoin used by few.
So, in forking the core bitcoin code, Hearn and Andresen are also moving to fork the bitcoin network.