"What's the secret of success for open-source software projects?
The same as other teams: trust, cooperation and a broad network of
external contacts. Those are the main findings contained in an
important new working paper by researchers at the University of
Washington and the University of Texas at Dallas. The paper is
entitled 'Network Effects: The Influence of Structural Social
Capital on Open Source Project Success.'
"The researchers studied 2378 projects hosted at
Sourceforge.net--a site where, according to the study's authors, 90
percent of all open-source projects are hosted..."