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AC/OS: Analyst: The Nature and Size of the Open Source Community

Oct 01, 2005, 09:00 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matt Asay)

[ Thanks to Matt Asay for this link. ]

"I'm doing an analysis of commonalities between successful open source projects... and came across an interesting academic paper related to the subject. Here are some of its findings (none of which will be surprising to those who have followed Joel West and Siobhan O'Mahony's work, but surprising if you still believe in the magical open source community, numbered in the millions, anxiously waiting to contribute code to your project):

  1. "It is interesting to compare horizontal applications (applications used to build other software, the end user is required to program and is, likely, a software professional) with vertical ones (applications used by an end user, no programming is required)..."

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