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In The Pragmatic Programmer this term is introduced and "linearly independency" is used as an example for orthogonality.

How do you explain the same thing to a non-technical person and why independency is a good thing to have? Are there "real-life" (i.e. non-geek) examples for this concept?

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This is not the direct answer but by reading articles at betterexplained you may get some good idea. –  Pratik Deoghare Mar 11 '09 at 11:10

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