Recently added this to my “open source antidote” reading list:
Key Point: This paper is from 2001.
The empirical portion does seem a bit weak. And the author frankly admits why. But I actually found the introduction and framing writing here worthwhile.
I need to look into it a bit more before jumping to any conspiratorial conclusions. But I was definitely a Slashdot kid back in the day, and I was not aware of the OSDN-VA Linux connection. I wonder how much that was front of mind for Paul Graham starting up Hacker News.