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A Tale of Three Communities

Sep 14, 2007, 09:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Len DiMaggio)

"After having spent the past year and a half living and working in the commercial open source software world, I still marvel at how 'the community' supports and makes possible the creation of high quality software. At first glance, a commercial enterprise that produces open source software may look like an absurdly small number of people supporting a large number of projects and a huge number of users. But an open source project team isn't just comprised of the people within the walls of a building in a particular office park. It also includes all the contributors, anywhere in the world, in the project's community.

"In the past week, I had three distinct experiences with communities in various forms. Or, at least, they were three organizations that people referred to as 'communities...'"

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