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Open Source and Community: Does It Matter?

Aug 24, 2007, 01:30 (1 Talkback[s])


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"...I instead tried to--again--get my head around what it is that makes open source projects successful.

"Aside from the obvious commercial measure of success there is certainly the other, slightly less tangible way to check on the state of an open source project: Community contributions. After all, the source is open to be examined and modified freely. So, an active developer community is then often seen as a key indicator of a project's success. With a large, active developer community, the traditionally touted benefits of open source come to play: Peer review by many, quick fixes to any identified issues because of a large number of developers, and so on..."

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