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wice in recent weeks open source projects have surprised me with their lack of openness. In both cases, developers acted or spoke out in such a way as to intentionally push other developers away from their work.

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1) Open source != free software.

1) Open source != free software. They may be movements that may have similar outcomes but there is a real difference between them.
2) For open source, it is essential for the project to accept input from the user. For people that don't operate under the principles of open source, they don't require the same openness.
3) The Gimp team are not working under the banner of open source development. They do not have any obligation to their community except the four freedoms of free software.
4) I'm not certain about KDE but the Gimp team are not about openness. The Gimp team are about developing a free software image manipulation program.
5) Therefore, the perceived 'closed community' of any free software project shouldn't be surprising at all. They don't care about being open or having the best software development method, they care about producing software and permitting the users four specific rights with respect to that software.