October 1st, 2007 by exhuma.twn

About these homes and at the intersections of the roads in this nomadic ‘city’ are the gardens. Each is unique. One may centre around an unusually-shaped stump or an arrangement of stones or a graceful bit of wood. They may contain fragrant herbs or bright flowers or any combination of plants. One notable one has at its heart a bubbling spring of steaming water. Here grow plants with fleshy leaves and exotically-scented flowers, denizens of some warmer clime brought here to delight the mountain-dwellers with their mystery. Often visitors leave gifts in the gardens when they depart, a wooden carving or a graceful pot or perhaps merely an arrangement of bright pebbles. The gardens belong to no one, and all tend them.

Robin Hobb, Assassins Quest.
Great Britain: Harper Voyager, 1998

When rading this passage of this book (which is part of the Farseer Trilogy) I could not help but think about Open Source projects. If you did not had the same thought when reading the text, go read it again. It is a beautiful analogy.

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